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datetime – Subtract time in PHP

Posted by: admin July 12, 2020 Leave a comment


I have been looking for an answer for a few hours now, but I can’t find one.

I’m writing a simple script. The user sets their work start and end time. So, for example, somebody is working from 8:00 to 16:00.
How can I subtract this time to see how long the person has been working?

I was experimenting with strtotime(); but without success…

How to&Answers:

A bit nicer is the following:

$a = new DateTime('08:00');
$b = new DateTime('16:00');
$interval = $a->diff($b);

echo $interval->format("%H");

That will give you the difference in hours.


If you get valid date strings, you can use this:

$workingHours = (strtotime($end) - strtotime($start)) / 3600;

This will give you the hours a person has been working.


Another solution would be to go through the Unix-timestamp integer value difference (in seconds).

    $start = strtotime('10-09-2019 12:01:00');
      $end = strtotime('12-09-2019 13:16:00');

      $hours = intval(($end - $start)/3600);
      echo $hours.' hours'; //in hours

      //If you want it in minutes, you can divide the difference by 60 instead
      $mins = (int)(($end - $start) / 60);
      echo $mins.' minutues'.'<br>';

This solution would be a better one if your original dates are stored in Unix-timestamp format.