How do I get the day of week given a date?


I want to find out the following:
given a date (datetime object), what is the corresponding day of the week?

For instance, Sunday is the first day, Monday: second day.. and so on

And then if the input is something like today’s date.


>>> today = datetime.datetime(2017, 10, 20)
>>> today.get_weekday()  # what I look for

The output is maybe 6 (since it’s Friday)

Asked By: frazman



Use date.weekday() when Monday is 0 and Sunday is 6


date.isoweekday() when Monday is 1 and Sunday is 7

Answered By: orlp

Use weekday():

>>> import datetime
datetime.datetime(2012, 3, 23, 23, 24, 55, 173504)

From the documentation:

Return the day of the week as an integer, where Monday is 0 and Sunday is 6.

Answered By: Simeon Visser

I solved this for a CodeChef question.

import datetime
dt = '21/03/2012'
day, month, year = (int(x) for x in dt.split('/'))    
ans =, month, day)
print (ans.strftime("%A"))
Answered By: Ashwini Chaudhary

A solution whithout imports for dates after 1700/1/1

def weekDay(year, month, day):
    offset = [0, 31, 59, 90, 120, 151, 181, 212, 243, 273, 304, 334]
    week   = ['Sunday', 
    afterFeb = 1
    if month > 2: afterFeb = 0
    aux = year - 1700 - afterFeb
    # dayOfWeek for 1700/1/1 = 5, Friday
    dayOfWeek  = 5
    # partial sum of days betweem current date and 1700/1/1
    dayOfWeek += (aux + afterFeb) * 365                  
    # leap year correction    
    dayOfWeek += aux / 4 - aux / 100 + (aux + 100) / 400     
    # sum monthly and day offsets
    dayOfWeek += offset[month - 1] + (day - 1)               
    dayOfWeek %= 7
    return dayOfWeek, week[dayOfWeek]

print weekDay(2013, 6, 15) == (6, 'Saturday')
print weekDay(1969, 7, 20) == (0, 'Sunday')
print weekDay(1945, 4, 30) == (1, 'Monday')
print weekDay(1900, 1, 1)  == (1, 'Monday')
print weekDay(1789, 7, 14) == (2, 'Tuesday')

Assuming you are given the day, month, and year, you could do:

import datetime
DayL = ['Mon','Tues','Wednes','Thurs','Fri','Satur','Sun']
date = DayL[,month,day).weekday()] + 'day'
#Set day, month, year to your value
#Now, date is set as an actual day, not a number from 0 to 6.

Answered By: mathwizurd

To get Sunday as 1 through Saturday as 7, this is the simplest solution to your question: + 1

All of them:

import datetime

today =
sunday = today - datetime.timedelta(today.weekday()+1)

for i in range(7):
    tmp_date = sunday + datetime.timedelta(i)
    print tmp_date.toordinal()%7 + 1, '==', tmp_date.strftime('%A')


1 == Sunday
2 == Monday
3 == Tuesday
4 == Wednesday
5 == Thursday
6 == Friday
7 == Saturday
Answered By: ox.

If you’d like to have the date in English:

from datetime import date
import calendar
my_date =
calendar.day_name[my_date.weekday()]  #'Wednesday'
Answered By: seddonym

If you have reason to avoid the use of the datetime module, then this function will work.

Note: The change from the Julian to the Gregorian calendar is assumed to have occurred in 1582. If this is not true for your calendar of interest then change the line if year > 1582: accordingly.

def dow(year,month,day):
    """ day of week, Sunday = 1, Saturday = 7 """
    m, q = month, day
    if m == 1:
        m = 13
        year -= 1
    elif m == 2:
        m = 14
        year -= 1
    K = year % 100    
    J = year // 100
    f = (q + int(13*(m + 1)/5.0) + K + int(K/4.0))
    fg = f + int(J/4.0) - 2 * J
    fj = f + 5 - J
    if year > 1582:
        h = fg % 7
        h = fj % 7
    if h == 0:
        h = 7
    return h
Answered By: Barry Andersen

This is a solution if the date is a datetime object.

import datetime
def dow(date):
    print days[dayNumber]
Answered By: Rodrigo

datetime library sometimes gives errors with strptime() so I switched to dateutil library. Here’s an example of how you can use it :

from dateutil import parser
parser.parse('January 11, 2010').strftime("%a")

The output that you get from this is 'Mon'. If you want the output as ‘Monday’, use the following :

parser.parse('January 11, 2010').strftime("%A")

This worked for me pretty quickly. I was having problems while using the datetime library because I wanted to store the weekday name instead of weekday number and the format from using the datetime library was causing problems. If you’re not having problems with this, great! If you are, you cand efinitely go for this as it has a simpler syntax as well. Hope this helps.

Answered By: Shashwat Siddhant

Here is how to convert a list of little endian string dates to datetime:

import datetime, time
ls = ['31/1/2007', '14/2/2017']
for d in ls:    
    dt = datetime.datetime.strptime(d, "%d/%m/%Y")
Answered By: Brij Bhushan Nanda

If you’re not solely reliant on the datetime module, calendar might be a better alternative. This, for example, will provide you with the day codes:


And this will give you the day itself:

days = ["Monday","Tuesday","Wednesday","Thursday","Friday","Saturday","Sunday"]

Or in the style of python, as a one liner:

Answered By: AnaCronIsm

Using Canlendar Module

import calendar
Answered By: Ravi Bhushan

Here is my python3 implementation.

months = {'jan' : 1, 'feb' : 4, 'mar' : 4, 'apr':0, 'may':2, 'jun':5, 'jul':6, 'aug':3, 'sep':6, 'oct':1, 'nov':4, 'dec':6}
dates = {'Sunday':1, 'Monday':2, 'Tuesday':3, 'Wednesday':4, 'Thursday':5, 'Friday':6, 'Saterday':0}
ranges = {'1800-1899':2, '1900-1999':0, '2000-2099':6, '2100-2199':4, '2200-2299':2}

def getValue(val, dic):
        for k,v in dic.items():
            val = int(val)
            if(val>=x and val<=y):
                return v
        return dic[val]

def getDate(val):
    return (list(dates.keys())[list(dates.values()).index(val)]) 

def main(myDate):
    dateArray = myDate.split('-')
    # print(dateArray)
    date,month,year = dateArray[2],dateArray[1],dateArray[0]
    # print(date,month,year)

    date = int(date)
    month_v = getValue(month, months)
    year_2 = int(year[2:])
    div = year_2//4
    year_v = getValue(year, ranges)
    sumAll = date+month_v+year_2+div+year_v
    val = (sumAll)%7
    str_date = getDate(val)

    print('{} is a {}.'.format(myDate, str_date))

if __name__ == "__main__":
    testDate = '2018-mar-4'
Answered By: Lasith Niroshan

If you’d like to have the date in English:

from datetime import datetime'%A')

Read more:

Answered By: Kannan Ramaswamy

We can take help of Pandas:

import pandas as pd

As mentioned above in the problem We have:

datetime(2017, 10, 20)

If execute this line in the jupyter notebook we have an output like this:

datetime.datetime(2017, 10, 20, 0, 0)

Using weekday() and weekday_name:

If you want weekdays in integer number format then use:

pd.to_datetime(datetime(2017, 10, 20)).weekday()

The output will be:


And if you want it as name of the day like Sunday, Monday, Friday, etc you can use:

pd.to_datetime(datetime(2017, 10, 20)).weekday_name

The output will be:


If having a dates column in Pandas dataframe then:

Now suppose if you have a pandas dataframe having a date column like this:

0   2010-04-01
1   2010-04-02
2   2010-04-03
3   2010-04-04
4   2010-04-05
Name: Dates, dtype: datetime64[ns]

Now If we want to know the name of the weekday like Monday, Tuesday, ..etc we can use .weekday_name as follows:


the output will be:

0    Thursday
1      Friday
2    Saturday
3      Sunday
4      Monday
Name: Dates, dtype: object

And if we want the integer number of weekday from this Dates column then we can use:

pdExampleDataFrame.head(5)['Dates'].apply(lambda x: x.weekday())

The output will look like this:

0    3
1    4
2    5
3    6
4    0
Name: Dates, dtype: int64
import datetime
import calendar

day, month, year = map(int, input().split())
my_date =, month, day)

Output Sample

08 05 2015
Answered By: nsky80

Say you have timeStamp: String variable, YYYY-MM-DD HH:MM:SS

step 1: convert it to dateTime function with blow code…

df['timeStamp'] = pd.to_datetime(df['timeStamp'])

Step 2 : Now you can extract all the required feature as below which will create new Column for each of the fild- hour,month,day of week,year, date

df['Hour'] = df['timeStamp'].apply(lambda time: time.hour)
df['Month'] = df['timeStamp'].apply(lambda time: time.month)
df['Day of Week'] = df['timeStamp'].apply(lambda time: time.dayofweek)
df['Year'] = df['timeStamp'].apply(lambda t: t.year)
df['Date'] = df['timeStamp'].apply(lambda t:
Answered By: Shiv948

If you have dates as a string, it might be easier to do it using pandas’ Timestamp

import pandas as pd
df = pd.Timestamp("2019-04-12")
print(df.dayofweek, df.weekday_name)


4 Friday
Answered By: Vlad Bezden
import datetime

this should give you your real day number – 1 = sunday, 2 = monday, etc…

Answered By: neoghost

use this code:

import pandas as pd
from datetime import datetime
Answered By: Jeevan kumar
import numpy as np

def date(df):
    df['weekday'] = df['date'].dt.day_name()

    conditions = [(df['weekday'] == 'Sunday'),
              (df['weekday'] == 'Monday'),
              (df['weekday'] == 'Tuesday'),
              (df['weekday'] == 'Wednesday'),
              (df['weekday'] == 'Thursday'),
              (df['weekday'] == 'Friday'),
              (df['weekday'] == 'Saturday')]

    choices = [0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6]

    df['week'] =, choices)

    return df
Answered By: Thamaraikannan G

Below is the code to enter date in the format of DD-MM-YYYY you can change the input format by changing the order of ‘%d-%m-%Y’ and also by changing the delimiter.

import datetime
    date = input()
    date_time_obj = datetime.datetime.strptime(date, '%d-%m-%Y')
except ValueError:
    print("Invalid date.")
Answered By: Satyam Anand

If you want to generate a column with a range of dates (Date) and generate a column that goes to the first one and assigns the Week Day (Week Day), do the following (I will used the dates ranging from 2008-01-01 to 2020-02-01):

import pandas as pd
dr = pd.date_range(start='2008-01-01', end='2020-02-1')
df = pd.DataFrame()
df['Date'] = dr
df['Week Day'] = pd.to_datetime(dr).weekday

The output is the following:

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The Week Day varies from 0 to 6, where 0 corresponds to Monday and 6 to Sunday.

Answered By: Gonçalo Peres

Here’s a simple code snippet to solve this problem

import datetime

intDay =, month=12, day=1).weekday()
days = ["Monday", "Tuesday", "Wednesday", "Thursday", "Friday", "Saturday", "Sunday"]

The output should be:

Answered By: F.E.A

A simple, straightforward and still not mentioned option:

import datetime
givenDateObj =, 10, 20)
weekday      = givenDateObj.isocalendar()[2] # 5
weeknumber   = givenDateObj.isocalendar()[1] # 42
Answered By: Roman

This don’t need to day of week comments.
I recommend this code~!

import datetime

    "MONDAY": 0,
    "TUESDAY": 1,
    "WEDNESDAY": 2,
    "THURSDAY": 3,
    "FRIDAY": 4,
    "SATURDAY": 5,
    "SUNDAY": 6

def string_to_date(dt, format='%Y%m%d'):
    return datetime.datetime.strptime(dt, format)

def date_to_string(date, format='%Y%m%d'):
    return datetime.datetime.strftime(date, format)

def day_of_week(dt):
    return string_to_date(dt).weekday()

dt = '20210101'
if day_of_week(dt) == DAY_OF_WEEK['SUNDAY']:
Answered By: seunggabi

If u are Chinese user, u can use this package:

import datetime

# 判断 2018年4月30号 是不是节假日
from chinese_calendar import is_holiday, is_workday
april_last =, 4, 30)
assert is_workday(april_last) is False
assert is_holiday(april_last) is True

# 或者在判断的同时,获取节日名
import chinese_calendar as calendar  # 也可以这样 import
on_holiday, holiday_name = calendar.get_holiday_detail(april_last)
assert on_holiday is True
assert holiday_name == calendar.Holiday.labour_day.value

# 还能判断法定节假日是不是调休
import chinese_calendar
assert chinese_calendar.is_in_lieu(, 2, 1)) is False
assert chinese_calendar.is_in_lieu(, 2, 2)) is True
Answered By: Fan Yang

Here’s a fresh way. Sunday is 0.

from datetime import datetime
today = datetime(year=2022, month=6, day=17)
print(today.toordinal()%7)  # 5
yesterday = datetime(year=1, month=1, day=1)
print(today.toordinal()%7)  # 1
Answered By: Lazyer
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