Convert date to datetime in Python


Question

Is there a built-in method for converting a date to a datetime in Python, for example getting the datetime for the midnight of the given date? The opposite conversion is easy: datetime has a .date() method.

Do I really have to manually call datetime(d.year, d.month, d.day)?

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12/26/2018 8:02:07 PM

Accepted Answer

You can use datetime.combine(date, time); for the time, you create a datetime.time object initialized to midnight.

from datetime import date
from datetime import datetime

dt = datetime.combine(date.today(), datetime.min.time())
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5/17/2019 6:31:43 PM

There are several ways, although I do believe the one you mention (and dislike) is the most readable one.

>>> t=datetime.date.today()
>>> datetime.datetime.fromordinal(t.toordinal())
datetime.datetime(2009, 12, 20, 0, 0)
>>> datetime.datetime(t.year, t.month, t.day)
datetime.datetime(2009, 12, 20, 0, 0)
>>> datetime.datetime(*t.timetuple()[:-4])
datetime.datetime(2009, 12, 20, 0, 0)

and so forth -- but basically they all hinge on appropriately extracting info from the date object and ploughing it back into the suitable ctor or classfunction for datetime.


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