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Posted on 2011-03-09
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Using PHP, how can I change this:
2011/03/16 08:00

to this:
03-16-2011
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Question by:hankknight
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by:Beverley Portlock
ID: 35086112
Like so

$d = "2011/03/16 08:00";

echo date("m-d-Y", strtotime($d) );
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by:Cornelia Yoder
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Be sure to check dates such as 2011/03/05 and 2011/05/03.  strtotime() sometimes has a hard time distinguishing which format the incoming date is in.

If strtotime() doesn't get yours right, then you can pull out each piece of the date with substr().
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by:Beverley Portlock
Beverley Portlock earned 800 total points
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If there are problems as Yodercm suggests, another choice would be to convert it to exif format which strtotime definitely supports

EXIF       YY ":" MM ":" DD " " HH ":" II ":" SS       "2008:08:07 18:11:31"

http://uk.php.net/manual/en/datetime.formats.compound.php

$d = str_replace('/', ':', "2011/03/16 08:00");
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Cornelia Yoder earned 1200 total points
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Here is the simplest way:


$olddate = '2011/03/16 08:00';

$year=substr($olddate,0,4);
$month=substr($olddate,5,2);
$day=substr($olddate,8,2);

$newdate=$month."-".$day."-".$year;

echo $newdate;
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by:Cornelia Yoder
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Or, if you are a fan of conciseness,

$olddate = '2011/03/16 08:00';
$newdate=substr($olddate,5,2)."-".substr($olddate,8,2)."-".$year=substr($olddate,0,4);
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