Python Fromtimestamp Utc

UTC is Coordinated Universal Time (formerly known as Greenwich Mean Time, or GMT). The acronym UTC is not a mistake but a compromise between English and French. DST is Daylight Saving Time, an adjustment of the timezone by (usually) one hour during part of the year. DST rules are magic (determined by local law) and can change from year to year. It’s ahead of 9 hours from UTC here, so the and datetime.fromtimestamp functions return UTC +9 offset datetime in nature. Timestamp function that was intoroduced in Python3.3 returns POSIX timestamp corresponding to the datetime object.

Question or problem about Python programming:

I have a python datetime instance that was created using datetime.utcnow() and persisted in database.

For display, I would like to convert the datetime instance retrieved from the database to local datetime using the default local timezone (i.e., as if the datetime was created using

How can I convert the UTC datetime to a local datetime using only python standard library (e.g., no pytz dependency)?

It seems one solution would be to use datetime.astimezone( tz ), but how would you get the default local timezone?


How to solve the problem:

Solution 1:

Python datetime utc to local

In Python 3.3+:

In Python 2/3:

Using pytz (both Python 2/3):


Python 3.3

Python 2

Python Fromtimestamp Utc Program


Note: it takes into account DST and the recent change of utc offset for MSK timezone.

I don’t know whether non-pytz solutions work on Windows.

Solution 2:

You can’t do it with only the standard library as the standard library doesn’t have any timezones. You need pytz or dateutil.

Or well, you can do it without pytz or dateutil by implementing your own timezones. But that would be silly.

Solution 3:

Python fromtimestamp utc code

You can’t do it with standard library. Using pytz module you can convert any naive/aware datetime object to any other time zone. Lets see some examples using Python 3.

Naive objects created through class method utcnow()

To convert a naive object to any other time zone, first you have to convert it into aware datetime object. You can use the replace method for converting a naive datetime object to an aware datetime object. Then to convert an aware datetime object to any other timezone you can use astimezone method.

Eclipse programming tool. The variable pytz.all_timezones gives you the list of all available time zones in pytz module.

Naive objects created through class method now()


Because now method returns current date and time, so you have to make the datetime object timezone aware first. The localize function converts a naive datetime object into a timezone-aware datetime object. Then you can use the astimezone method to convert it into another timezone.


Solution 4:

Building on Alexei’s comment. This should work for DST too.

Python Datetime Utcnow With Timezone

Solution 5:

I think I figured it out: computes number of seconds since epoch, then converts to a local timzeone using time.localtime, and then converts the time struct back into a datetime…

It applies the summer/winter DST correctly:

Hope this helps!