How do I compare times in python?
I see that date comparisons can be done and there's also "timedelta", but I'm struggling to find out how to check if the current time (from datetime.now()) is earlier, the same, or later than a specified time (e.g. 8am) regardless of the date.
You can't compare a specific point in time (such as "right now") against an unfixed, recurring event (8am happens every day).
You can check if now is before or after today's 8am:
>>> import datetime >>> now = datetime.datetime.now() >>> today8am = now.replace(hour=8, minute=0, second=0, microsecond=0) >>> now < today8am True >>> now == today8am False >>> now > today8am False
You can use the
time() method of
datetime objects to get the time of day, which you can use for comparison without taking the date into account:
>>> this_morning = datetime.datetime(2009, 12, 2, 9, 30) >>> last_night = datetime.datetime(2009, 12, 1, 20, 0) >>> this_morning.time() < last_night.time() True