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Python date formatting

Source: https://docs.python.org/3/library/datetime.html#strftime-and-strptime-format-codes

Common formats:

Format Example Note
%Y-%m-%d 2021-01-31  
%Y-%m-%d %H:%M:%S 2021-01-31 02:09:22  
%Y-%m-%dT%H:%M:%SZ 2021-01-31T02:09:22Z ISO format on a UTC date

Date format specifier reference:

Directive Meaning Example
%a Weekday as locale’s abbreviated name. Sun, Mon, …, Sat (en_US); So, Mo, …, Sa (de_DE)
%A Weekday as locale’s full name. Sunday, Monday, …, Saturday (en_US); Sonntag, Montag, …, Samstag (de_DE)
%w Weekday as a decimal number, where 0 is Sunday and 6 is Saturday. 0, 1, …, 6
%d Day of the month as a zero-padded decimal number. 01, 02, …, 31
%b Month as locale’s abbreviated name. Jan, Feb, …, Dec (en_US); Jan, Feb, …, Dez (de_DE)
%B Month as locale’s full name. January, February, …, December (en_US); Januar, Februar, …, Dezember (de_DE)
%m Month as a zero-padded decimal number. 01, 02, …, 12
%y Year without century as a zero-padded decimal number. 00, 01, …, 99
%Y Year with century as a decimal number. 0001, 0002, …, 2013, 2014, …, 9998, 9999
%H Hour (24-hour clock) as a zero-padded decimal number. 00, 01, …, 23
%I Hour (12-hour clock) as a zero-padded decimal number. 01, 02, …, 12
%p Locale’s equivalent of either AM or PM. AM, PM (en_US); am, pm (de_DE)
%M Minute as a zero-padded decimal number. 00, 01, …, 59
%S Second as a zero-padded decimal number. 00, 01, …, 59
%f Microsecond as a decimal number, zero-padded on the left. 000000, 000001, …, 999999
%z UTC offset in the form ±HHMM[SS[.ffffff]] (empty string if the object is naive). (empty), +0000, -0400, +1030, +063415, -030712.345216
%Z Time zone name (empty string if the object is naive). (empty), UTC, GMT
%j Day of the year as a zero-padded decimal number. 001, 002, …, 366
%U Week number of the year (Sunday as the first day of the week) as a zero padded decimal number. All days in a new year preceding the first Sunday are considered to be in week 0. 00, 01, …, 53
%W Week number of the year (Monday as the first day of the week) as a decimal number. All days in a new year preceding the first Monday are considered to be in week 0. 00, 01, …, 53
%c Locale’s appropriate date and time representation. Tue Aug 16 21:30:00 1988 (en_US); Di 16 Aug 21:30:00 1988 (de_DE)
%x Locale’s appropriate date representation. 08/16/88 (None); 08/16/1988 (en_US); 16.08.1988 (de_DE)
%X Locale’s appropriate time representation. 21:30:00 (en_US); 21:30:00 (de_DE)
%% A literal ‘%’ character. %
%G ISO 8601 year with century representing the year that contains the greater part of the ISO week (%V). 0001, 0002, …, 2013, 2014, …, 9998, 9999
%u ISO 8601 weekday as a decimal number where 1 is Monday. 1, 2, …, 7
%V ISO 8601 week as a decimal number with Monday as the first day of the week. Week 01 is the week containing Jan 4. 01, 02, …, 53
from datetime import datetime
date = datetime.strptime('2020-01-10', '%Y-%m-%d')
print(date.strftime('%b %d, %Y'))
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