PHP: Loop through dates (from date to date) with strtotime() function

This is very easy way loop through dates (from date to date) with PHP strtotime() function. This example only echo dates, but of course this model can be used more complicated situations.

	// Set timezone
	// Start date
	$date = '2009-12-06';
	// End date
	$end_date = '2020-12-31';
	while (strtotime($date) <= strtotime($end_date)) {
		echo "$date\n";
		$date = date ("Y-m-d", strtotime("+1 day", strtotime($date)));

Note: All different PHP strtotime() function syntaxes can be used.

	// Set timezone
	echo strtotime("now") . "\n";
	echo strtotime("10 October 2010") . "\n";
	echo strtotime("next Friday") . "\n";
	echo strtotime("last Tuesday"), "\n";
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  1. Nice post. Been learning basic PHP. Your guides really help

  2. This is cool, i didn’t know you could do that! Very useful!

  3. fantastic code.. working perfectly. thanks to JR to post such useful php code :)

  4. for ($i = strtotime('2011-11-01');$i <= strtotime('2011-11-28');$i += 86400){
    	// do stuff here
    	echo date('Y-m-d');
    • Hi yo,

      Yes you can do it many ways, but my example try to show method which works nicely even if you change +1 day to +4 days, 1 week, 1 month, 2 years, etc.

      Most powerful way to do this is minimize strtotime and date functions usage. So your example is good, but following is even more efficient:

      $start = strtotime('2011-11-01');
      $end = strtotime('2011-11-28');
      for ( $i = $start; $i <= $end; $i += 86400 ){
      	// do stuff here
      	echo date('Y-m-d');
  5. Nice post.Thanks for sharing

  6. Thanks, it’s useful to me ^^~

  7. TY ! This script really helped me !
    I’m using it in combination with gvChart. =)

  8. Works like a charm. Thanks for the simple solution!

  9. Thanks it’s really helpful..

  10. Thanks A lot . I used it today in my program.Cheers !

  11. This is so cool! Just what I needed for making a statistics graph! Thanks loads!

  12. very nice!

  13. thank you, useful ^^

  14. simple but very help

  15. Very useful, thanks!

  16. I used to use this method myself, but then I realised that when the date crosses between daylight savings time and standard time, there’s at least one extra hour in the day. In the UK, for example, adding 86400 seconds to 2014-10-25 returns 2014-10-25 23:00:00.

  17. If you want to use a for loop instead, try this:

    for ($date = strtotime("2014-01-01"); $date < strtotime("2014-02-01"); $date = strtotime("+1 day", $date)) {
    echo date("Y-m-d", $date)."";

  18. I think now it’s better to use DatePeriod class

    format("Ymd") . "";

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