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Converting date to milliseconds since 1-1-70

How do I convert any given date into a milliseconds value that
represents the number of milliseconds that have passed since January 1,
1970 00:00:00.000 GMT?
Is there an easy way to do this like Date in java?
Thanks,
Nate

Jan 24 '06 #1
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NateM wrote:
How do I convert any given date into a milliseconds value that
represents the number of milliseconds that have passed since January 1,
1970 00:00:00.000 GMT?
Is there an easy way to do this like Date in java?
Thanks,
Nate


The main module for dates and times is "datetime"; so
import datetime
t=datetime.datetime.now()
print t 2006-01-24 15:13:35.012755

To get at the "epoch" value, i.e. seconds since 1/1/1970, use the
"time" module:
import time
print time.mktime(t.timetuple()) 1138133615.0

Now just add in the microseconds: epoch=time.mktime(d.timetuple())+(t.microsecond/1000000.)
print epoch 1138133615.01

Use the "%" formatting operator to display more resolution: print '%f' % t 1138133615.012755

Note that the floating point division above is not exact and could
possibly
mangle the last digits.

Another way to this data is the datetime.strftime member:
print d.strftime('%s.%%06d') % d.microsecond '1138133615.012755'

This gets you a string, not a number object. Converting the string to
a number again risks inaccuracy in the last digits: print float( '1138133615.012755')

1138133615.0127549

Jan 24 '06 #2
Thank you! If I am reading in dates as strings from a text file, like
"5/11/1998", how do I convert that to a format I can pass into mktime?
Thanks again.

Jan 24 '06 #3
NateM wrote:
Thank you! If I am reading in dates as strings from a text file, like
"5/11/1998", how do I convert that to a format I can pass into mktime?
Thanks again.

Check time.strptime()
Jan 26 '06 #4

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