Am Pm In Php

PHP Programming

Hey there! Today, I want to talk to you about a topic that I find quite interesting and useful in PHP programming – the concept of AM and PM. It may seem like a simple concept, but understanding how to work with AM and PM can be quite important when working with date and time in PHP.

So, what exactly is AM and PM? Well, in the 12-hour clock system, AM stands for Ante Meridiem, which is Latin for “before noon,” and PM stands for Post Meridiem, which is Latin for “after noon.” These designations are used to specify whether a time is in the morning (AM) or in the afternoon/evening (PM).

Now, let’s dive deeper into how we can work with AM and PM in PHP. PHP provides us with several functions and techniques to format and manipulate time in both the 12-hour and 24-hour clock systems. One common scenario where you may need to work with AM and PM is when displaying or manipulating user inputted time.

Converting Time to AM/PM Format

If you have a time value in PHP and you want to convert it to the AM/PM format, you can use the date() function along with the g and a format characters. The g character represents the hour in 12-hour format without leading zeros, while the a character represents the lowercase AM or PM string.

Here’s an example:

$time = strtotime('15:30');
$formattedTime = date('g:i a', $time);
echo $formattedTime;

This will output 3:30 pm. As you can see, the date() function allows us to convert the given time to the desired format by specifying the format characters appropriately.

Converting AM/PM Time to 24-hour Format

On the other hand, if you have a time value in AM/PM format and you want to convert it to the 24-hour format, you can use the strtotime() function. The strtotime() function is quite powerful and can parse a wide range of time formats.

Here’s an example:

$time = strtotime('3:30 pm');
$formattedTime = date('H:i', $time);
echo $formattedTime;

This will output 15:30. As you can see, by using the strtotime() function, we are able to convert the AM/PM time to the 24-hour format.


Understanding how to work with AM and PM in PHP can be quite beneficial when dealing with time-related operations. Whether you need to convert time to AM/PM format or vice versa, PHP provides us with convenient functions like date() and strtotime() to accomplish these tasks easily.

So, the next time you find yourself working with time in PHP, don’t forget to consider the AM/PM aspect and use the appropriate functions to handle it. It will definitely make your coding life a little bit easier!