datetime – How to get UTC time in Python?

datetime – How to get UTC time in Python?

Try this code that uses datetime.utcnow():

from datetime import datetime

For your purposes when you need to calculate an amount of time spent between two dates all that you need is to substract end and start dates. The results of such substraction is a timedelta object.

From the python docs:

class datetime.timedelta([days[, seconds[, microseconds[, milliseconds[, minutes[, hours[, weeks]]]]]]])

And this means that by default you can get any of the fields mentioned in its definition –
days, seconds, microseconds, milliseconds, minutes, hours, weeks. Also timedelta instance has total_seconds() method that:

Return the total number of seconds contained in the duration.
Equivalent to (td.microseconds + (td.seconds + td.days * 24 * 3600) *
10*6) / 10*6 computed with true division enabled.

Simple, standard library only. Gives timezone-aware datetime, unlike datetime.utcnow().

from datetime import datetime,timezone
now_utc =

datetime – How to get UTC time in Python?

In the form closest to your original:

import datetime

def UtcNow():
    now = datetime.datetime.utcnow()
    return now

If you need to know the number of seconds from 1970-01-01 rather than a native Python datetime, use this instead:

return (now - datetime.datetime(1970, 1, 1)).total_seconds()

Python has naming conventions that are at odds with what you might be used to in Javascript, see PEP 8. Also, a function that simply returns the result of another function is rather silly; if its just a matter of making it more accessible, you can create another name for a function by simply assigning it. The first example above could be replaced with:

utc_now = datetime.datetime.utcnow

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