In this tutorial, we will show you how to get the current year using PHP.
There are a number of different ways to do this, so we will include a few examples.
Get the current year using PHP’s date function.
To get the current year using PHP’s date function, you can pass in the “Y” format character like so:
//Getting the current year using //PHP's date function. $year = date("Y"); echo $year;
The example above will print out the full 4-digit representation of the current year.
If you only want to retrieve the 2-digit format, then you can use the lowercase “y” format character instead:
$year = date("y"); echo $year;
The snippet above will print out 22 instead of 2022, or 19 instead of 2019, etc.
Using the DateTime object.
If you want to use a more object-oriented approach, then you can use PHP’s DateTime object:
//Getting the current year //using DateTime. $currentDate = new DateTime(); //Get the year by using the format method. $year = $currentDate->format("Y"); //Print it out echo $year;
Here, we created a DateTime object.
We then retrieved the current year by passing the “Y” character in as the $format parameter.
To get the 2-digit format instead, you can use the lowercase “y” character:
//Getting the two-digit format of //the current year using DateTime $currentDate = new DateTime(); $year = $currentDate->format("y"); echo $year;
As you can see, both the date function and the DateTime object use the exact same “format characters”.