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show date of file created

XK8ER asked
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Last Modified: 2012-06-21
hello there,
how can I display the date of a file when it was created.. that way I can show something like this.

Last Updated: Feb 8th - 3:25PM
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in xp or vista?? you can show the details view is this what you are talking about??


this section is for PHP not windows i run on centos v5.2

On any explorer window you have open, click View -> Detail

This should give you a column that shows the modified date of the file.

Just be careful though, if you have performed any type of recovery on your files, the date may not be correct.


once again.. this question is for PHP language not widows!
Sorry about him he must be new.  You can use filemtime


$modified = filemtime("myfile.txt");

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Top Expert 2008

>> the date of a file when it was created

filemtime() fetches the modified timestamp of the file, which seems to be what you really want, but you asked for the creation date. Beware that there is also a filectime() function. It will return the creation date of the file in some cases, but not all... on unix systems, it will return the timestamp of the directory entry (aka inode), which means it will change if the file is moved to a different folder or if file permissions or file ownership is changed.

Yes I know what filectime does but that wouldn't give "Last Updated: Feb 8th - 3:25PM" would it now?  Thanks for trying though.
Top Expert 2008
The functions filemtime() and filectime() will not output anything, they just fetch the timestamp from the file system. You can use date() to output the string you want:
echo 'Last updated: '.date('M jS - g:iA',filemtime($file));

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Because the author didn't already know that????
Top Expert 2008

davesgonebananas, you don't own this thread. Please allow the asker to respond to the input he is given. We don't know what he knows or not. Presumably he will accept the or those suggestions that was usefull for him.
Top Expert 2008

XK8ER, when multiple experts help you, you should split the points. In this case davesgonebananas suggested using filemtime() first, I only elaborated on that. It would be more fair if he got some of the points.


no one answered my original question but you!
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