Useful extensions to the standard Python datetime features
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dateutil - powerful extensions to datetime

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The dateutil module provides powerful extensions to the standard datetime module, available in Python.

Download

dateutil is available on PyPI https://pypi.python.org/pypi/python-dateutil/

The documentation is hosted at: https://dateutil.readthedocs.io/

Code

https://github.com/dateutil/dateutil/

Features

  • Computing of relative deltas (next month, next year, next monday, last week of month, etc);
  • Computing of relative deltas between two given date and/or datetime objects;
  • Computing of dates based on very flexible recurrence rules, using a superset of the iCalendar specification. Parsing of RFC strings is supported as well.
  • Generic parsing of dates in almost any string format;
  • Timezone (tzinfo) implementations for tzfile(5) format files (/etc/localtime, /usr/share/zoneinfo, etc), TZ environment string (in all known formats), iCalendar format files, given ranges (with help from relative deltas), local machine timezone, fixed offset timezone, UTC timezone, and Windows registry-based time zones.
  • Internal up-to-date world timezone information based on Olson's database.
  • Computing of Easter Sunday dates for any given year, using Western, Orthodox or Julian algorithms;
  • A comprehensive test suite.

Quick example

Here's a snapshot, just to give an idea about the power of the package. For more examples, look at the documentation.

Suppose you want to know how much time is left, in years/months/days/etc, before the next easter happening on a year with a Friday 13th in August, and you want to get today's date out of the "date" unix system command. Here is the code:

Being exactly 6 months ahead was really a coincidence :)

Author

The dateutil module was written by Gustavo Niemeyer <gustavo@niemeyer.net> in 2003.

It is maintained by:

Our mailing list is available at dateutil@python.org. As it is hosted by the PSF, it is subject to the PSF code of conduct.

Building and releasing

When you get the source, it does not contain the internal zoneinfo database. To get (and update) the database, run the updatezinfo.py script. Make sure that the zic command is in your path, and that you have network connectivity to get the latest timezone information from IANA, or from our mirror of the IANA database.

Starting with version 2.4.1, all source and binary distributions will be signed by a PGP key that has, at the very least, been signed by the key which made the previous release. A table of release signing keys can be found below:

Releases Signing key fingerprint
2.4.1- 6B49 ACBA DCF6 BD1C A206 67AB CD54 FCE3 D964 BEFB

Testing

dateutil has a comprehensive test suite, which can be run simply by running python setup.py test [-q] in the project root. Note that if you don't have the internal zoneinfo database, some tests will fail. Apart from that, all tests should pass.

To easily test dateutil against all supported Python versions, you can use tox.

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