Python time strftime() method

The method strftime() converts a tuple or struct_time representing a time as returned by gmtime() or localtime() to a string as specified by the format argument.

If t is not provided, the current time as returned by localtime() is used. format must be a string. An exception ValueError is raised if any field in t is outside of the allowed range.


time.strftime(format[, t])


abbreviated weekday name
full weekday name
abbreviated month name
full month name
preferred date and time representation
century number (the year divided by 100, range 00 to 99)
day of the month (01 to 31)
same as %m/%d/%y
day of the month (1 to 31)
like %G, but without the century
4 digit year corresponding to the ISO week number (see %V).
same as %b
hour, using a 24 hour clock (00 to 23)
hour, using a 12 hour clock (01 to 12)
day of the year (001 to 366)
month (01 to 12)
newline character
either am or pm according to the given time value
time in a.m. and p.m. notation
time in 24 hour notation
tab character
current time, equal to %H:%M:%S
weekday as a number (1 to 7), Monday=1. Warning: In Sun Solaris Sunday=1
week number of the current year, starting with the first Sunday as the first day of the first week
The ISO 8601 week number of the current year (01 to 53), where week 1 is the first week that has at least 4 days in the current year, and with Monday as the first day of the week
week number of the current year, starting with the first Monday as the first day of the first week
day of the week as a decimal, Sunday=0
preferred date representation without the time
preferred time representation without the date
year without a century (range 00 to 99)
year including the century
%Z or %z
time zone or name or abbreviation
a literal % character


t This is the time in number of seconds to be formatted.
format This is the directive which would be used to format given time. The following directives can be embedded in the format string

Return Value

This method does not return any value.


import time

t = (2009, 2, 17, 17, 3, 38, 1, 48, 0)
t = time.mktime(t)
print time.strftime("%b %d %Y %H:%M:%S", time.gmtime(t))


Feb 18 2009 01:03:38