[Django]-Display timestamp in django template


You could use custom template filters (see https://docs.djangoproject.com/en/dev/howto/custom-template-tags/).
In your case it could like this:

  1. Create directory ‘templatetags’ in application with view, that renders template.
  2. Put into this dir blank file “__init__.py” and “timetags.py” with code:

    from django import template
    import datetime
    register = template.Library()
    def print_timestamp(timestamp):
            #assume, that timestamp is given in seconds with decimal point
            ts = float(timestamp)
        except ValueError:
            return None
        return datetime.datetime.fromtimestamp(ts)
  3. In your template, add

    {% load timetags %}
  4. Use following syntax in template:

    {{ timestamp|print_timestamp }}

    Where timestamp = 1337453263.939 from your example

This will print timestamp in local date and time format. If you want to customize output,
you can modify print_timestamp in following way:

import time
def print_timestamp(timestamp):
    #specify format here
    return time.strftime("%Y-%m-%d %H:%M:%S", time.gmtime(ts))


Note: this answer actually solves the reverse problem
(displaying a timestamp when having a datetime). The correct answer to
OP (who has a timestamp and wants a datetime) is to make a custom template tag or filter, see the accepted answer
for this.

{% now "U" %}

The "U" is a date format for Unix epoch, and can also be used with built-in date filter. So, if you have the date in a variable:

{{ value|date:"U" }}



I don’t think the date filter takes timestamps, so unless I’m overseeing a filter, you could simply create one?

# python
from datetime import datetime

# django
from django import template

register = template.Library()

def timestamp(value):
        return datetime.fromtimestamp(value)
    except AttributeError, e:
        catch errors..


Just write a custom filter that converts your timestamp string to a datetime object. Then you can either further process it into something readable (a string representing your time) and return it to your template or just return a python datetime object and use django’s date filter.

So you could have something like this {{ timestamp_string|convert_to_datetime|date:’D d M Y’ }}

More on this subject at: https://docs.djangoproject.com/en/dev/howto/custom-template-tags/

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