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# Python Datetime | Datetime constructor

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The datetime class creates datetime objects that contain information from both date and time objects.

# Examples

1. Get Current Date and Time in Local Time

``` from datetime import datetime current_datetime = datetime.now()print(current_datetime) 2020-03-20 06:41:11.263686 ```

current_datetime is a naive datetime object containing the current local date and time.

2. Create custom datetime object

``` from datetime import datetime #datetime(year, month, day)a = datetime(2020, 3, 20)print(a) # datetime(year, month, day, hour, minute, second, microsecond)b = datetime(2020, 3, 20, 10, 17, 55, 123456)print(b) 2020-03-20 00:00:002020-03-20 10:17:55.123456 ```

Please note that the first three arguments for `datetime(year, month, day)` are mandatory.

3. Retrieve UTC time now and store it as a timestamp

``` from datetime import datetime, timezone a = datetime.utcnow() b = a.replace(tzinfo=timezone.utc).timestamp() print(a)print(b) 2020-03-20 02:22:03.4726561584670923.472656 ```

We explicitly specify `timezone.utc` as by default `.timestamp()` assumes that your naive datetime object is in local timezone.

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