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How to Convert a Date to Timestamp in PHP

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Answer: Use the strtotime() Function

You can use the PHP strtotime() function to convert any textual datetime into Unix timestamp.

The following example demonstrates how this function actually works:

  • <?php
  • $date1 = "2019-05-16";
  • $timestamp1 = strtotime($date1);
  • echo $timestamp1; // Outputs: 1557964800
  •  
  • $date2 = "16-05-2019";
  • $timestamp2 = strtotime($date2);
  • echo $timestamp2; // Outputs: 1557964800
  •  
  • $date3 = "16 May 2019";
  • $timestamp3 = strtotime($date3);
  • echo $timestamp3; // Outputs: 1557964800
  • ?>

As you can see in the above example the resulting timestamp is equivalent for the same date with different format. You can also use other variations of English date format.


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