I can’t believe I can’t do this, but I want to be able to store the current date and time from php in to a mysql table.
The column in the table is type datetime.
I’ve tried this
$current_date = date("Y-m-d"); $my_date = strtotime($current_date); INSERT INTO my_table (date_time) VALUES ('$my_date')
but my timestamp comes up as 0000-00-00 00:00:00
This must be so easy to do but I just can’t get it working!
I want to use the timestamp from php rather than using the mysql now() function
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$my_date = date("Y-m-d H:i:s"); INSERT INTO my_table (date_time) VALUES ('$my_date');
In the date-format parameter of the date function, use :
‘H’ for 24hr format
‘h’ for 12hr format
Don’t save it as the Unix Timestamp (which
strtotime() outputs), but as “2012-12-02 13:00” into the DATETIME column.
Create column type TIMESTAMP and set it to NOT NULL. Then pass in NULL during INSERT and MySQL will insert current date and time. This works for me.
set the ‘type’ of column named ‘date_time’ as ‘DATETIME’ and run the following query:
INSERT INTO my_table (`date_time`) VALUES (CURRENT_TIMESTAMP)
If you have the date in PHP as a timestamp, you can use the FROM_UNIXTIME function 
mysql> insert into table_name values (FROM_UNIXTIME(your_timestamp_here));
Remove the strtotime()
$current_date = date("Y-m-d"); INSERT INTO my_table (date_time) VALUES ('$current_date')
If you want to include the hour, minutes and seconds,
$current_date = date(“Y-m-d H:i:s”);