Python Get Current time

Python Get Current time

In this article, you will learn to get current time of your locale as well as different time zones in Python.

There are a number of ways you can take to get current time in Python.


Example 1: Current time using datetime object

from datetime import datetime

now = datetime.now()

current_time = now.strftime("%H:%M:%S")
print("Current Time =", current_time)

Output

Current Time = 07:41:19

In the above example, we have imported datetime class from the datetime module. Then, we used now() method to get a datetime object containing current date and time.

Using datetime.strftime() method, we then created a string representing current time.


If you need to create a time object containing current time, you can do something like this.

from datetime import datetime

now = datetime.now().time() # time object

print("now =", now)
print("type(now) =", type(now))	

Output

now = 07:43:37.457423
type(now) = <class 'datetime.time'>

Example 2: Current time using time module

You can also get the current time using time module.

import time

t = time.localtime()
current_time = time.strftime("%H:%M:%S", t)
print(current_time)

Output

07:46:58

Example 3: Current time of a timezone

If you need to find current time of a certain timezone, you can use pytZ module.

from datetime import datetime
import pytz

tz_NY = pytz.timezone('America/New_York') 
datetime_NY = datetime.now(tz_NY)
print("NY time:", datetime_NY.strftime("%H:%M:%S"))

tz_London = pytz.timezone('Europe/London')
datetime_London = datetime.now(tz_London)
print("London time:", datetime_London.strftime("%H:%M:%S"))

Output

NY time: 03:45:16
London time: 08:45:16