Time::ParseDate -- date parsing both relative and absolute


use Time::ParseDate;
$seconds_since_jan1_1970 = parsedate("12/11/94 2pm", NO_RELATIVE => 1)
$seconds_since_jan1_1970 = parsedate("12/11/94 2pm", %options)


Date parsing can also use options. The options are as follows:

FUZZY	-> it's okay not to parse the entire date string
NOW	-> the "current" time for relative times (defaults to time())
ZONE	-> local timezone (defaults to $ENV{TZ})
WHOLE	-> the whole input string must be parsed
GMT	-> input time is assumed to be GMT, not localtime
UK	-> prefer UK style dates (dd/mm over mm/dd)
DATE_REQUIRED -> do not default the date
TIME_REQUIRED -> do not default the time
NO_RELATIVE -> input time is not relative to NOW
TIMEFIRST -> try parsing time before date [not default]
PREFER_PAST -> when year or day of week is ambiguous, assume past
PREFER_FUTURE -> when year or day of week is ambiguous, assume future
SUBSECOND -> parse fraction seconds
VALIDATE -> only accept normal values for HHMMSS, YYMMDD.  Otherwise
	days like -1 might give the last day of the previous month.


Absolute date formats

Dow, dd Mon yy
Dow, dd Mon yyyy
Dow, dd Mon
dd Mon yy
dd Mon yyyy
Month day{st,nd,rd,th}, year
Month day{st,nd,rd,th}
Mon dd yyyy
yyyy-mm-dd	(usually the best date specification syntax)
yy/mm      (only if year > 12, or > 31 if UK)
yy/mm/dd   (only if year > 12 and day < 32, or year > 31 if UK)
dd/mm/yy   (only if UK, or an invalid mm/dd/yy or yy/mm/dd)
dd/mm/yyyy (only if UK, or an invalid mm/dd/yyyy)
dd/mm      (only if UK, or an invalid mm/dd)

Relative date formats:

count "days"
count "weeks"
count "months"
count "years"
Dow "after next"
Dow "before last"
Dow 			(requires PREFER_PAST or PREFER_FUTURE)
"next" Dow
"last" dow
"last week"
"now" "+" count units
"now" "-" count units
"+" count units		
"-" count units
count units "ago"

Absolute time formats:


Relative time formats:

count "minutes"		(count can be franctional "1.5" or "1 1/2")
count "seconds"
count "hours"
"+" count units
"+" count
"-" count units
"-" count
count units "ago"

Timezone formats:

[+-]dddd (TZN)

Special formats:

[ d]d/Mon/yyyy:hh:mm:ss [[+-]dddd]


This module recognizes the above date/time formats. Usually a date and a time are specified. There are numerous options for controlling what is recognized and what is not.

The return code is always the time in seconds since January 1st, 1970 or undef if it was unable to parse the time.

If a timezone is specified it must be after the time. Year specifications can be tacked onto the end of absolute times.

If parsedate() is called from array context, then it will return two elements. On successful parses, it will return the seconds and what remains of its input string. On unsuccessful parses, it will return undef and an error string.


$seconds = parsedate("Mon Jan  2 04:24:27 1995");
$seconds = parsedate("Tue Apr 4 00:22:12 PDT 1995");
$seconds = parsedate("04.04.95 00:22", ZONE => PDT);
$seconds = parsedate("Jan 1 1999 11:23:34.578", SUBSECOND => 1);
$seconds = parsedate("122212 950404", ZONE => PDT, TIMEFIRST => 1);
$seconds = parsedate("+3 secs", NOW => 796978800);
$seconds = parsedate("2 months", NOW => 796720932);
$seconds = parsedate("last Tuesday");
$seconds = parsedate("Sunday before last");

($seconds, $remaining) = parsedate("today is the day");
($seconds, $error) = parsedate("today is", WHOLE=>1);


Copyright (C) 1996-2010 David Muir Sharnoff. Copyright (C) 2011 Google, Inc. License hereby granted for anyone to use, modify or redistribute this module at their own risk. Please feed useful changes back to