current_time() – Retrieves the current time based on specified type.

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Retrieves the current time based on specified type.

  • The 'mysql' type will return the time in the format for MySQL DATETIME field.

– The 'timestamp' or 'U' types will return the current timestamp or a sum of timestamp

  • and timezone offset, depending on `$gmt`.

– Other strings will be interpreted as PHP date formats (e.g. 'Y-m-d'). If $gmt is a truthy value then both types will use GMT time, otherwise the output is adjusted with the GMT offset for the site.


$int|string = current_time( $type, $gmt );


( string ) required – Type of time to retrieve. Accepts 'mysql', 'timestamp', 'U', or PHP date format string (e.g. 'Y-m-d').
( int|bool ) optional – Optional. Whether to use GMT timezone. Default false.


int|string Integer if $type is 'timestamp' or 'U', string otherwise.


File name: wordpress/wp-includes/functions.php

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function current_time( $type, $gmt = 0 ) {
  // Don't use non-GMT timestamp, unless you know the difference and really need to.
  if ( 'timestamp' === $type || 'U' === $type ) {
    return $gmt ? time() : time() + (int) ( get_option( 'gmt_offset' ) * HOUR_IN_SECONDS );

  if ( 'mysql' === $type ) {
    $type = 'Y-m-d H:i:s';

  $timezone = $gmt ? new DateTimeZone( 'UTC' ) : wp_timezone();
  $datetime = new DateTime( 'now', $timezone );

  return $datetime->format( $type );

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