Python Recipe: Print a future date in the format you want


Enough with all the talky talky, here's a simple snippet I cooked up for a friend this morning to solve his problem of the moment: how to coax Python into printing out a future date (6 weeks in the future, to be exact) in the format he wants. Hope it's useful to somebody. Let me know if I screwed anything up.

>>> import datetime
>>> now =
>>> print now
2008-04-21 10:19:35.832928
>>> from datetime import timedelta
>>> diff = datetime.timedelta(days=42)
>>> print diff
42 days, 0:00:00
>>> print now + diff
2008-06-02 10:19:35.832928
>>> future = now + diff
>>> future.strftime("%m/%d/%Y")

Documentation on how you can customize strftime to print dates in the format you need can be found here. Scroll down to the middle-ish part of the page.