Under Win32 platforms, file times are maintained primarily in the form of a 64-bit FILETIME structure, which represents the number of 100-nanosecond intervals since January 1, 1601 UTC (coordinate universal time).
UPDATED New version with fixes by Tim Williams for preserving microseconds. See here for details.
It just so happens that Microsoft Active Directory uses the same 64-bit value to store some time values. For example the
accountExpires attribute is in this format. Linked below is a module for Python with utility functions for converting between Python’s datetime instances and Microsoft’s FILETIME values.
Very handy if you enjoy querying Active Directory for login accounts that are due to expire. And who wouldn’t enjoy that? On a Monday.
Download filetimes.py module for converting between FILETIME and
datetime objects. This code is released under a 2-clause BSD license.
>>> from filetimes import filetime_to_dt, dt_to_filetime, utc >>> filetime_to_dt(116444736000000000) datetime.datetime(1970, 1, 1, 0, 0) >>> filetime_to_dt(128930364000000000) datetime.datetime(2009, 7, 25, 23, 0) >>> "%.0f" % dt_to_filetime(datetime(2009, 7, 25, 23, 0)) '128930364000000000' >>> dt_to_filetime(datetime(1970, 1, 1, 0, 0, tzinfo=utc)) 116444736000000000L >>> dt_to_filetime(datetime(1970, 1, 1, 0, 0)) 116444736000000000L
I even remembered to write tests for once!