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Formatting dates to use timezone

David Carr

PHP & MySQL Tutorials

    Working with dates can get complicated when you need a time to change depending on the time of year for GMT timezones. Thankfully DateTime makes it easier.

    First create a new instance of DateTimeZone and pass in the timezone.

    Next create a new instance of DateTime and pass in tthe date and timezone, then all that is left is to format the date. 

    //set a date and time
    $sendDate = '2019-05-16 17:30:00';
    //set the timezone
    $timezone = new \DateTimeZone('GMT');
    //create a new instance of DateTime with the provided date and timezone
    $dateTime = new \DateTime($sendDate, $timezone);
    //format the date, in this case 2019-05-16T17:30:00
    $sendDate = $dateTime->format('Y-m-d\TH:i:s');


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