My system timezone is UTC+1, MySQL is using this timezone and it's ok. Now I want to get the same timestamps in WordPress. As you know, WordPress modifies the current timezone so time() returns UTC-related time. There is a possibility to use current_time('timestamp') to get either UTC timestamp or Wordpress-timezone timestamp. But my WordPress timezone is different from the system one.

So the question is: how can I get SYSTEM timestamp inside the WordPress environment? I guess they should leave a core function for that since I can not use time() anymore.

Of course, there is a stupid solution like (time() + 3600), but I don't like it.

  • What do you mean "My system timezone is UTC+1"? How have you configured this? By default PHP works in UTC, unless you've set it to something else in php.ini. But if you did set the timezone with php.ini then date() would display the time in that timezone. So I'm not sure what you're trying to do exactly. Commented Feb 20, 2019 at 10:58
  • Also, a "timestamp" is timezone independent. It's always "measured in the number of seconds since the Unix Epoch (January 1 1970 00:00:00 GMT)." So it doesn't make much sense to talk about the system timestamp, since that is just time(). What do you intend to do with this timestamp? Commented Feb 20, 2019 at 11:26
  • @JacobPeattie UTC+1 is a timezone of my server (not PHP, not apache, I mean Ubuntu's system time). It does matter, because it's a default MySQL timezone too (system's timezone by default). What I need is to get the same timezone in the Wordpress. Commented Feb 20, 2019 at 14:59
  • The problem with wordpress is the next: Wordpress resets timezone for PHP, so time() will always return UTC+0 datestamp! I am looking for a WP core function to get the system timestamp. Commented Feb 20, 2019 at 15:17
  • WordPress does not do anything like that. Where did you get that idea? Commented Feb 20, 2019 at 17:16

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You can use PHP's date() function here, but usually first you'll need to run date_default_timezone_set. UTC+1 looks like Central Europe time from what I can tell, so here's what I'd run:

echo date( 'D, d M Y H:i:s', now() );

That will print out the current time from your server.

If you're looking to print out a timestamp from a post, you can use get_post_time and print replace the now() function. Looks like this:

echo date( 'D, d M Y H:i:s', get_post_time('U', true) );
  • Nah, I can't call date_default_timezone_set(). First, because I virtually don't know "system time" timezone. And second, I don't want to ruin Wordpress core logic, which is intended time()'s timezone is set to UTC+0. Commented Feb 19, 2019 at 22:12
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    Also there is no "now()" function in PHP. Commented Feb 19, 2019 at 22:13

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