Michael Michael - 9 months ago 57
PHP Question

PHP Time() to Google Calendar Dates time format

I have PHP times for the start and end times of an event. This is a simple

<?php time(); ?>
for some future date's start and end time. I was wondering if anyone knew of a way to take either the numerical format (PHP time()) or taking some string value representing that time (I could do a
) and turn it into the required Google Calendar time format.

Enough talking - here is an example of the time format:


This equates to January 6th, 2015 at 5:30 PM to January 6th, 2015 at 7:30PM.

So can someone explain to me how to translate a
to this format?

Answer Source

Working solution taken from http://php.net/manual/en/function.date.php Credit goes to Boris Korobkov.

// boris at psyonline dot ru 14-Jun-2007 03:05


 * Get date in RFC3339
 * For example used in XML/Atom
 * @param integer $timestamp
 * @return string date in RFC3339
 * @author Boris Korobkov
function date3339($timestamp=0) {

    if (!$timestamp) {
        $timestamp = time();
    $date = date('Y-m-d\TH:i:s', $timestamp);

    $matches = array();
    if (preg_match('/^([\-+])(\d{2})(\d{2})$/', date('O', $timestamp), $matches)) {
        $date .= $matches[1].$matches[2].':'.$matches[3];
    } else {
        $date .= 'Z';
    return $date;


Background: From http://www.ibm.com/developerworks/opensource/library/os-php-xpath/ I saw "The published and updated elements use the RFC 3339 time-stamp format. "

And figured I ought google "rfc3339 PHP" to find a function that implements this format