how to convert Integer values into timestamp format?

I have an Integer column “duration_temp” that have values represent the duration in minutes, I want to copy those values in another column “duration” of type timestamp, I’m having the problem of how to convert those Int minutes into timestamps format, for example:
if a value in Int is set to 4 then I should convert it to yyyy-mm-dd 00:04:00.
is there a function that can do that or close from doing that?any suggestion would be appreciate it.


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Method 1

If you have a duration in minutes. You could use DateInterval like this.

$yourDate = new DateTime('2021-01-01 00:00:00');
$durationInMinutes = 4;

$interval = new DateInterval("PT{$durationInMinutes}M");

echo $yourDate->format('Y-m-d H:i:s');

Method 2

If you mean that you just have minutes and want to make a timestamp from it with current date information, try this (after adding use CarbonCarbon; in top of you file):

$minutes = 4;
return Carbon::create(now()->year, now()->month, now()->day, 0, $minutes)->toDateTimeString();

Method 3

As your integer column duration_temp is in minutes, you have to convert it to seconds before you can get the expected result.

Take your example :

Int = 4 minutes => Int = 4 * 60 = 240 second

To finish :

date ("Y-m-d H:i:s", 240); // will give you 1970-01-01 00:04:00

Method 4

DateTime accepts extensive Relative Formats. This makes possible as an example:

$durationInMinutes = 67;

$date = date_create('2021-01-01 '.$durationInMinutes.' Minutes');
//or $date = new DateTime('2021-01-01 '.$durationInMinutes.' Minutes');

echo $date->format('Y-m-d H:i:s');
//2021-01-01 01:07:00

Also works correctly with negative minute numbers.

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