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Function Reference/current time


Returns the blog's current local time in the specified format. There are two named formats: 'mysql' for MySQL's timestamp data type format (i.e. YYYY-MM-DD HH:MM:SS), and 'timestamp' for the Unix timestamp format (i.e. epoch). Other strings will be interpreted as PHP date formats (e.g. 'Y-m-d') since 3.9.0. The optional secondary parameter can be used to retrieve GMT time instead of the blog's local time.

The local time returned is based on the timezone set on the blog's General Settings page, which is UTC by default.

current_time( 'timestamp' ) should be used in lieu of time() to return the blog's local time. In WordPress, PHP's time() will always return UTC and is the same as calling current_time( 'timestamp', true ).


<?php $time current_time$type$gmt ); ?>


(string) (required) The time format to return. Possible values:
  • mysql
  • timestamp
  • A PHP date format (e.g. 'Y-m-d') (since 3.9)
Default: None
(integer) (optional) The time zone (GMT, local) of the returned time: Possible values:
  • 1
  • 0
Default: 0


If the first parameter is 'mysql', the function returns a date-time string. If the first parameter is 'timestamp', the function returns a double value equal to the number of seconds since Jan. 1, 1970. When strict data typing is necessary, take note that the PHP time() function, which current_time() replaces, returns an integer value, so consider using (int) current_time( 'timestamp' ) instead.

As of version 3.9, any other value for the first parameter will be used as the format for the time. For example, current_time( 'Y-m-d' ) will return something like '2014-04-14'.

If the optional second parameter is 1, the value returned represents the current GMT time. If 0 or no second parameter are set, the value returned represents the local time for the timezone declared in the blog's Timezone setting on the General Settings page.


This example gets the current time and assigns the parameters to variables.

$blogtime = current_time( 'mysql' ); 
list( $today_year, $today_month, $today_day, $hour, $minute, $second ) = split( '([^0-9])', $blogtime );
Example of format of current_time( 'mysql' ):
   2005-08-05 10:41:13

Examine the results


echo "current_time( 'mysql' ) returns local site time: " . current_time( 'mysql' ) . '<br />';
echo "current_time( 'mysql', 1 ) returns GMT: " . current_time( 'mysql', 1 ) . '<br />';
echo "current_time( 'timestamp' ) returns local site time: " . date( 'Y-m-d H:i:s', current_time( 'timestamp', 0 ) );
echo "current_time( 'timestamp', 1 ) returns GMT: " . date( 'Y-m-d H:i:s', current_time( 'timestamp', 1 ) );



Change Log

  • Since: 1.0
  • 3.9.0: $type can now be any PHP date format.

Source File

current_time() is located in wp-includes/functions.php


Time Functions: current_time(), human_time_diff(), the_time(), get_the_time(), comment_time()

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