Python Convert Date to Timestamp

1. Introduction

In various applications within Python, such as logging events, interacting with databases, or working with APIs, you might need to convert date objects into timestamps. A timestamp is a sequence of characters or encoded information identifying when a certain event occurred. This blog post will guide you on how to convert a Python date object into a timestamp.


A timestamp in the context of Python is the number of seconds that have elapsed since the Unix epoch, which is 00:00:00 UTC on 1 January 1970 (excluding leap seconds). To convert a date object to a timestamp, you need to create a datetime object with a time component and then call a method to get the timestamp.

2. Program Steps

1. Import the datetime class from the datetime module.

2. Create or have a date object that you want to convert to a timestamp.

3. Convert the date object to a datetime object, adding a time component to it.

4. Use the timestamp() method to convert the datetime object to a Unix timestamp.

5. Output the timestamp.

3. Code Program

# Step 1: Import the datetime class from the datetime module
from datetime import datetime

# Step 2: Create a date object representing the current date or any specific date
current_date =

# Step 3: Convert the date object to a datetime object at the beginning of the day (midnight)
date_time_obj = datetime.combine(current_date, datetime.min.time())

# Step 4: Convert the datetime object to a Unix timestamp
timestamp = date_time_obj.timestamp()

# Step 5: Print the Unix timestamp




1. datetime class is imported from the datetime module, which contains necessary functions to handle date and time in Python.

2. current_date is a date object retrieved by calling the date() method on, which provides the current local date.

3. date_time_obj is a datetime object formed by combining current_date with the earliest time of the day (midnight), using datetime.combine().

4. timestamp is obtained by calling the timestamp() method on date_time_obj, which converts the datetime object into the number of seconds since the Unix epoch.

5. The output printed is timestamp, which is the Unix timestamp equivalent of the current_date.