priestc priestc - 1 year ago 65
Python Question

How to construct a timedelta object from a simple string

I'm writing a function that needs a timedelta input to be passed in as a string. The user must enter something like "32m" or "2h32m", or even "4:13" or "5hr34m56s"... Is there a library or something that has this sort of thing already implemented?

Answer Source

for the 4:13, and other standard formats(but if you don't know which one) use dateutil.parser.parse from python-dateutil

For the first format(5hr34m56s), you should parse using regular expressions

Here is re-based solution:

import re
from datetime import timedelta

regex = re.compile(r'((?P<hours>\d+?)hr)?((?P<minutes>\d+?)m)?((?P<seconds>\d+?)s)?')

def parse_time(time_str):
    parts = regex.match(time_str)
    if not parts:
    parts = parts.groupdict()
    time_params = {}
    for (name, param) in parts.iteritems():
        if param:
            time_params[name] = int(param)
    return timedelta(**time_params)

>>> from parse_time import parse_time
>>> parse_time('12hr')
datetime.timedelta(0, 43200)
>>> parse_time('12hr5m10s')
datetime.timedelta(0, 43510)
>>> parse_time('12hr10s')
datetime.timedelta(0, 43210)
>>> parse_time('10s')
datetime.timedelta(0, 10)