PHP's strtotime in JavaScript

Here’s what our current JavaScript equivalent to PHP's strtotime looks like.

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How to use

You you can install via npm install locutus and require it via require('locutus/php/datetime/strtotime'). You could also require the datetime module in full so that you could access datetime.strtotime instead.

If you intend to target the browser, you can then use a module bundler such as Browserify, webpack or rollup.js.


This function targets ES5, but as of Locutus 2.0.2 we also support ES6 functions. Locutus transpiles to ES5 before publishing to npm.

A community effort

Not unlike Wikipedia, Locutus is an ongoing community effort. Our philosophy follows The McDonald’s Theory. This means that we don't consider it to be a bad thing that many of our functions are first iterations, which may still have their fair share of issues. We hope that these flaws will inspire others to come up with better ideas.

This way of working also means that we don't offer any production guarantees, and recommend to use Locutus inspiration and learning purposes only.


  • Examples all have a fixed timestamp to prevent tests to fail because of variable time(zones)


Please note that these examples are distilled from test cases that automatically verify our functions still work correctly. This could explain some quirky ones.

#codeexpected result
1strtotime('+1 day', 1129633200)1129719600
2strtotime('+1 week 2 days 4 hours 2 seconds', 1129633200)1130425202
3strtotime('last month', 1129633200)1127041200
4strtotime('2009-05-04 08:30:00 GMT')1241425800
5strtotime('2009-05-04 08:30:00+00')1241425800
6strtotime('2009-05-04 08:30:00+02:00')1241418600

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