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Last updated: Tue, 19 Sep 2006


(PHP 3, PHP 4, PHP 5)

getdate -- Get date/time information


array getdate ( [int timestamp] )

Returns an associative array containing the date information of the timestamp, or the current local time if no timestamp is given.



The optional timestamp parameter is an integer Unix timestamp that defaults to the current local time if a timestamp is not given. In other words, it defaults to the value of time().

Return Values

Returns an associative array of information related to the typestamp. Elements from the returned associative array are as follows:

Table 1. Key elements of the returned associative array

KeyDescriptionExample returned values
"seconds"Numeric representation of seconds0 to 59
"minutes"Numeric representation of minutes0 to 59
"hours"Numeric representation of hours0 to 23
"mday"Numeric representation of the day of the month1 to 31
"wday"Numeric representation of the day of the week0 (for Sunday) through 6 (for Saturday)
"mon"Numeric representation of a month1 through 12
"year"A full numeric representation of a year, 4 digitsExamples: 1999 or 2003
"yday"Numeric representation of the day of the year0 through 365
"weekday"A full textual representation of the day of the weekSunday through Saturday
"month"A full textual representation of a month, such as January or MarchJanuary through December
0 Seconds since the Unix Epoch, similar to the values returned by time() and used by date(). System Dependent, typically -2147483648 through 2147483647.


Example 1. getdate() example

$today = getdate();

The above example will output something similar to:

    [seconds] => 40
    [minutes] => 58
    [hours]   => 21
    [mday]    => 17
    [wday]    => 2
    [mon]     => 6
    [year]    => 2003
    [yday]    => 167
    [weekday] => Tuesday
    [month]   => June
    [0]       => 1055901520

Last updated: Tue, 19 Sep 2006