Carbon is a useful PHP API inherited from the PHP DateTime class. It deals with times, time zones and many other date and time related functions.
The package helps makes working with date and time in PHP easier and more semantic making the code simpler, more readable and maintainable. Some of the important use cases of the Carbon PHP API are as shown below.
- Deals with multiple time zones.
- Gets current time easily.
- Converts a datetime into human-readable formats.
- Able to parse date from one format to another.
- Manipulate dates and time – add and subtract dates for example,
- Convert dates and times to different time zones.
- Calculates time differences
Use Carbon in Laravel
To install an API or package, you need to pass the installation command in the Laravel directory. However, for Carbon, it is added in the Laravel package by default. So whenever you want to use the API, just add an import for it, as shown below.
<?php use Carbon\Carbon;
Or add it with the
Illuminate\Support\Carbon Class as follows.
<?php // namespace App\.... use Illuminate\Support\Carbon;
Now, you can use Carbon with various helper methods, to get relevant information. For example as shown below.
$now = Carbon::now(); $today = Carbon::today(); $tomorrow = Carbon::tomorrow('Europe/London'); $yesterday = Carbon::yesterday();
Examples of Carbon use cases in Laravel
Format date in Laravel using Carbon
$formateddate = Carbon::parse($date)->format('M d Y');
Create a date and time
$dt = Carbon::create(2012, 1, 31, 0); echo $dt->toDateTimeString(); // outputs // 2012-01-31 00:00:00