[SOLVED] Get Last Monday – Sunday's dates: Is there a better way?

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I’m preparing a query for mySQL to grab record from the previous week, but I have to treat weeks as Monday – Sunday. I had originally done this:


to discover that mySQL treats weeks as Sunday – Monday. So instead I’m parsing getting the begin & end dates in php like this:

$i = 0; 
while(date('D',mktime(0,0,0,date('m'), date('d')-$i, date('y'))) != "Mon") { 

$start_date = date('Y-n-j', mktime(0,0,0,date('m'), date('d')-($i+7), date('y')));
$end_date  = date('Y-n-j', mktime(0,0,0,date('m'), date('d')-($i+1), date('y')));

This works – it gets the current week’s date for monday (walking backwards until a monday is hit) then calculates the previous week’s dates based on that date.

My question is: Is there a better way to do this? Just seems sloppy, and I expect someone out there can give me a cleaner way to do it – or perhaps not because I need Monday – Sunday weeks.


Apparently, there is:

$start = date('Y-m-d',strtotime('last monday -7 days'));
$end   = date('Y-m-d',strtotime('last monday -1 days'));

That’s about a million times more readable. Thank you.


you can use strtotime for this kind of date issues

echo strtotime("last Monday");

Answered By – ahmetunal

Answer Checked By – Senaida (BugsFixing Volunteer)

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