Setting timezone in Python


Python Problem Overview

Is it possible with Python to set the timezone just like this in PHP:

$Year = date('y');
$Month = date('m');
$Day = date('d');
$Hour = date('H');
$Minute = date('i');

I can't really install any other modules etc as I'm using shared web hosting.

Any ideas?

Python Solutions

Solution 1 - Python

>>> import os, time
>>> time.strftime('%X %x %Z')
'12:45:20 08/19/09 CDT'
>>> os.environ['TZ'] = 'Europe/London'
>>> time.tzset()
>>> time.strftime('%X %x %Z')
'18:45:39 08/19/09 BST'

To get the specific values you've listed:

>>> year = time.strftime('%Y')
>>> month = time.strftime('%m')
>>> day = time.strftime('%d')
>>> hour = time.strftime('%H')
>>> minute = time.strftime('%M')

See here for a complete list of directives. Keep in mind that the strftime() function will always return a string, not an integer or other type.

Solution 2 - Python

Be aware that running

import os
os.system("tzutil /s \"Central Standard Time\"");

will alter Windows system time, NOT just the local python environment time (so is definitley NOT the same as:

>>> os.environ['TZ'] = 'Europe/London'
>>> time.tzset()

which will only set in the current environment time (in Unix only)

Solution 3 - Python

For windows you can use:

Running Windows command prompt commands in python.

import os
os.system('tzutil /s "Central Standard Time"')

In windows command prompt try:

This gives current timezone: > tzutil /g

This gives a list of timezones: > tzutil /l

This will set the timezone: > tzutil /s "Central America Standard Time"

For further reference:

Solution 4 - Python

You can use pytz as well..

import datetime
import pytz
def utcnow():
   datetime.datetime(2020, 8, 15, 14, 45, 19, 182703, tzinfo=<UTC>)



Solution 5 - Python

It's not an answer, but...

To get datetime components individually, better use datetime.timetuple:

time =
#-> time.struct_time(
#    tm_year=2014, tm_mon=9, tm_mday=7, 
#    tm_hour=2, tm_min=38, tm_sec=5, 
#    tm_wday=6, tm_yday=250, tm_isdst=-1

It's now easy to get the parts:

ts = time.timetuple()


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