Arrow: Better dates & times for Python¶
Arrow is a Python library that offers a sensible and human-friendly approach to creating, manipulating, formatting and converting dates, times and timestamps. It implements and updates the datetime type, plugging gaps in functionality and providing an intelligent module API that supports many common creation scenarios. Simply put, it helps you work with dates and times with fewer imports and a lot less code.
Why use Arrow over built-in modules?¶
Python’s standard library and some other low-level modules have near-complete date, time and timezone functionality, but don’t work very well from a usability perspective:
Too many modules: datetime, time, calendar, dateutil, pytz and more
Too many types: date, time, datetime, tzinfo, timedelta, relativedelta, etc.
Timezones and timestamp conversions are verbose and unpleasant
Timezone naivety is the norm
Gaps in functionality: ISO 8601 parsing, timespans, humanization
Fully-implemented, drop-in replacement for datetime
Support for Python 3.6+
Timezone-aware and UTC by default
Super-simple creation options for many common input scenarios
shiftmethod with support for relative offsets, including weeks
Format and parse strings automatically
Wide support for the ISO 8601 standard
Generates time spans, ranges, floors and ceilings for time frames ranging from microsecond to year
Humanize dates and times with a growing list of contributed locales
Extensible for your own Arrow-derived types
Full support for PEP 484-style type hints
$ pip install -U arrow
>>> import arrow >>> arrow.get('2013-05-11T21:23:58.970460+07:00') <Arrow [2013-05-11T21:23:58.970460+07:00]> >>> utc = arrow.utcnow() >>> utc <Arrow [2013-05-11T21:23:58.970460+00:00]> >>> utc = utc.shift(hours=-1) >>> utc <Arrow [2013-05-11T20:23:58.970460+00:00]> >>> local = utc.to('US/Pacific') >>> local <Arrow [2013-05-11T13:23:58.970460-07:00]> >>> local.timestamp() 1368303838.970460 >>> local.format() '2013-05-11 13:23:58 -07:00' >>> local.format('YYYY-MM-DD HH:mm:ss ZZ') '2013-05-11 13:23:58 -07:00' >>> local.humanize() 'an hour ago' >>> local.humanize(locale='ko-kr') '한시간 전'