Python Convert Date to Epoch

1. Introduction

When working with dates in Python, you might encounter a scenario where you need to convert a date object to an epoch timestamp. The epoch time, also known as Unix time or POSIX time, is the number of seconds that have elapsed since January 1, 1970 (midnight UTC/GMT), not counting leap seconds. Converting dates to epoch time can be essential for storing dates in databases or for date calculations in Python. This blog post will guide you through the process of converting a Python date object to an epoch timestamp.


The epoch timestamp in Python is an integer or floating-point number that represents the total number of seconds between a particular date and the Unix epoch (1970-01-01 00:00:00 UTC). Conversion to epoch time is done using the time module, which can handle time-related functions, including the conversion between different time representations.

2. Program Steps

1. Import the datetime module to work with date objects and the time module to convert the date to epoch.

2. Create a date object representing the date you want to convert.

3. Convert the date object to a datetime object with a time component (usually midnight).

4. Use the timestamp() method to convert the datetime object to an epoch timestamp.

5. Output the epoch timestamp.

3. Code Program

# Step 1: Import the necessary modules
from datetime import datetime, date
import time

# Step 2: Create a date object representing today's date
today_date =

# Step 3: Convert the date object to a datetime object at midnight
today_datetime = datetime.combine(today_date, datetime.min.time())

# Step 4: Use timestamp() to convert the datetime to an epoch timestamp
epoch_timestamp = today_datetime.timestamp()

# Step 5: Print the epoch timestamp




1. datetime and date are imported from the datetime module to handle date objects, and time is imported to work with time representations.

2. today_date is created as a date object representing today's date.

3. today_datetime is a datetime object created by combining today_date with the minimum time value, which corresponds to midnight on that date.

4. epoch_timestamp is the epoch timestamp, obtained by calling today_datetime.timestamp(), which converts the datetime object to the number of seconds since the Unix epoch.

5. The output printed is epoch_timestamp, which represents the current date's equivalent in epoch time.