Asked By – Denilson Sá Maia
What is the difference between
datetime.timedelta (from Python’s standard library) and
dateutil.relativedelta.relativedelta when working only with days?
As far as I understand,
timedelta only supports days (and weeks), while
relativedelta adds support for periods defined in terms of years, months, weeks or days, as well as defining absolute values for year, month or day. (remember, for the purposes of this question, I don’t have to worry about hours, minutes or seconds)
Considering that I’m only working with
datetime.date objects, and only interested in periods defined by the number of days, what’s the difference between
relativedelta? Is there any difference?
from datetime import date, timedelta from dateutil.relativedelta import relativedelta i = -1 # This could have been any integer, positive or negative someday = date.today() # Is there any difference between these two lines? otherday = someday + timedelta(days=i) otherday = someday + relativedelta(days=i)
Now we will see solution for issue: What is the difference between “datetime.timedelta” and “dateutil.relativedelta.relativedelta” when working only with days?
dateutil is an extension package to the python standard
datetime module. As you say, it provides extra functionality, such as timedeltas that are expressed in units larger than a day.
This is useful if you have to ask questions such as how many months can I save before my girlfriend’s birthday comes up, or what’s the last Friday in the month? This hides complex calculations that are caused by the different lengths of the months, or extra days in leap years.
In your case, you are only interested in the number of days. So you’d best use
timedelta as this avoids an extra dependency on the
This question is answered By – Hans Then
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