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Php date: How to get the first and last day of the week

In this tutorial, I'll show you how to get the first and last day of the week in php.

By default, in PHP the week runs from Monday to Sunday. However we'll cover two methods to get the first and last day for both those who consider Sunday or Monday as their first day of the week.

We will be using 2 functions to achieve this:

date()

strtotime()

We will use a combination of these two functions and store the result in a variable. 


How to get the first day of the week

If you want to get Sunday, use this method:


  $firstday = date('l Y-m-d', strtotime("sunday -1 week"));
  echo $firstday;


If you want to get the date for Monday, this current week, use this method:


  $monday = date('l Y-m-d', strtotime("monday -1 week "));
  echo $monday;


How to get the last day of the week

The following code will give you Saturday as the last day of the current week.


  $lastday = date('l Y-m-d', strtotime("saturday 0 week"));
  echo $lastday;

Get Sunday as the last day of the current week.


$sunday = date('l Y-m-d', strtotime("sunday 0 week "));
echo $sunday;

Using the above methods you can get any day of the week. You can also change the format to suit your own preferences.


I hope you found this very helpful. All the best as you build that cool project of yours.

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