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Request #72592 Datetime::createFromFormat not working with ISO 8601 modifier 'c'
Submitted: 2016-07-13 11:19 UTC Modified: 2022-06-05 13:48 UTC
Avg. Score:3.0 ± 0.0
Reproduced:0 of 1 (0.0%)
From: houweling dot frank at gmail dot com Assigned:
Status: Wont fix Package: Date/time related
PHP Version: Irrelevant OS: All
Private report: No CVE-ID: None
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 [2016-07-13 11:19 UTC] houweling dot frank at gmail dot com
I have tested this bug on Windows / Linux and PHP versions 5.5 and 7.0. The DateTime::createFromFormat function does not correctly use the ISO 8601 modifier ('c'). Trying to parse an ISO 8601 datetime string using this function results in 'false'.

Test script:
// Create datetime
$date = new \DateTime('now');
var_dump($date); // = DateTime Object

// Convert to string
$fDate = $date->format('c');
var_dump($fDate); // = ISO 8601 string

// Read data to object
$rDate = \DateTime::createFromFormat('c', $fDate);
var_dump($rDate); // = false

Expected result:
\DateTime::createFromFormat('c', $fDate); should result in a valid DateTime object, with the same contents as the original $date object.

Actual result:
False, the createFromFormat function cannot parse the string


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 [2016-07-13 11:26 UTC] houweling dot frank at gmail dot com
-Status: Open +Status: Closed
 [2016-07-13 11:26 UTC] houweling dot frank at gmail dot com
Duplicate of
 [2020-09-23 07:21 UTC] kylekatarnls at gmail dot com
Hello, this is not a duplicate of 51950, this last one is about decimal fractions, while `c` format does not output decimal and still fails in createFromFormat. Could you re-open please?
 [2020-09-23 08:35 UTC]
-Status: Closed +Status: Re-Opened -Type: Bug +Type: Feature/Change Request -Package: Unknown/Other Function +Package: Date/time related
 [2020-09-23 08:35 UTC]
Re-opened as this is a new feature request: to add support for the 'c' format, which is not currently one of the supported formats for DateTime::createFromFormat()[1].

 [2022-06-05 13:48 UTC]
-Status: Re-Opened +Status: Wont fix
 [2022-06-05 13:48 UTC]
I am marking this as "won't fix", because you can instead parse this string by using the DateTime constructor instead. 

If you are still interested in having this feature, please file a new issue at with a well defined and explained use case.
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