This function parses a time/date generated with strftime().

This function returns an array with the date parsed. The meaning of the returning array keys are:

* [tm_sec] – seconds (0-61)
* [tm_min] – minutes (0-59)
* [tm_hour] – hour (0-23)
* [tm_mday] – day of the month (1-31)
* [tm_mon] – months since January (0-11)
* [tm_year] – years since 1900
* [tm_wday] – days since Sunday (0-6)
* [tm_yday] – days since January 1 (0-365)
* [unparsed] – the date part which was not recognized using the specified format, if any

Syntax: strptime(date,format)

Description:

The first argument “date” is Required. The string to parse.
The second argument “format” is Required. It specifies the format used in the date:

* %a – abbreviated weekday name
* %A – full weekday name
* %b – abbreviated month name
* %B – full month name
* %c – preferred date and time representation
* %C – century number (the year divided by 100, range 00 to 99)
* %d – day of the month (01 to 31)
* %D – same as %m/%d/%y
* %e – day of the month (1 to 31)
* %g – like %G, but without the century
* %G – 4-digit year corresponding to the ISO week number (see %V).
* %h – same as %b
* %H – hour, using a 24-hour clock (00 to 23)
* %I – hour, using a 12-hour clock (01 to 12)
* %j – day of the year (001 to 366)
* %m – month (01 to 12)
* %M – minute
* %n – newline character
* %p – either am or pm according to the given time value
* %r – time in a.m. and p.m. notation
* %R – time in 24 hour notation
* %S – second
* %t – tab character
* %T – current time, equal to %H:%M:%S
* %u – weekday as a number (1 to 7), Monday=1. Warning: In Sun Solaris Sunday=1
* %U – week number of the current year, starting with the first Sunday as the first day of the first week
* %V – 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
* %W – week number of the current year, starting with the first Monday as the first day of the first week
* %w – day of the week as a decimal, Sunday=0
* %x – preferred date representation without the time
* %X – preferred time representation without the date
* %y – year without a century (range 00 to 99)
* %Y – year including the century
* %Z or %z – time zone or name or abbreviation
* %% – a literal % character

Note: This function is not implemented on Windows platforms.

Example:
Code:

$format = '%d/%m/%Y %H:%M:%S';
$strf = strftime($format);

echo "$strf\n";

print_r(strptime($strf, $format));

Output:

10/04/2011 10:37:40

Array
(
[tm_sec] => 19
[tm_min] => 54
[tm_hour] => 15
[tm_mday] => 3
[tm_mon] => 9
[tm_year] => 104
[tm_wday] => 0
[tm_yday] => 276
[unparsed] =>
)

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