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David Carr

Quick way to add hours and minutes with PHP

The following is really easy way to add days, minutes, hours and seconds to a time using PHP. Using the date function to set the format of the date to be returned then using strtotime to add the increase or decrease of time then after a comma use another strtotime passing in the start date and time.

//set timezone
date_default_timezone_set('GMT');

//set an date and time to work with
$start = '2014-06-01 14:00:00';

//display the converted time
echo date('Y-m-d H:i',strtotime('+1 hour +20 minutes',strtotime($start)));

Times can be entered in a readable way:

  • +1 day = adds 1 day
  • +1 hour = adds 1 hour
  • +10 minutes = adds 10 minutes
  • +10 seconds = adds 10 seconds

To sub-tract time its the same except a - is used instead of a +

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