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Managing opening hours with PHP

For several different clients we needed to display a schedule of opening hours on their websites. They also wanted to display if a department / store / … is open on the moment you visit the site. My colleague Seb extracted all the functionality around opening hours to the newly released opening-hours package.

You create an OpeningHours object that describes a business’ opening hours. It can be queried for open or closed on days or specific dates, or use to present the times per day.

A set of opening hours is created by passing in a regular schedule, and a list of exceptions.

$openingHours = OpeningHours::create([
    'monday' => ['09:00-12:00', '13:00-18:00'],
    'tuesday' => ['09:00-12:00', '13:00-18:00'],
    'wednesday' => ['09:00-12:00'],
    'thursday' => ['09:00-12:00', '13:00-18:00'],
    'friday' => ['09:00-12:00', '13:00-20:00'],
    'saturday' => ['09:00-12:00', '13:00-16:00'],
    'sunday' => [],
    'exceptions' => [
        '2016-11-11' => ['09:00-12:00'],
        '2016-12-25' => [],

The object can be queried for a day in the week, which will return a result based on the regular schedule:

// Open on Mondays:
$openingHours->isOpenOn('monday'); // true

// Closed on Sundays:
$openingHours->isOpenOn('sunday'); // false

It can also be queried for a specific date and time:

// Closed because it's after hours:
$openingHours->isOpenAt(new DateTime('2016-09-26 19:00:00')); // false

// Closed because Christmas was set as an exception
$openingHours->isOpenAt(new DateTime('2016-12-25')); // false

It can also return arrays of opening hours for a week or a day:

// OpeningHoursForDay object for the regular schedule

// OpeningHoursForDay[] for the regular schedule, keyed by day name

// OpeningHoursForDay object for a specific day
$openingHours->forDate(new DateTime('2016-12-25'));

// OpeningHoursForDay[] of all exceptions, keyed by date

Take a look at the package on GitHub to learn the full api. Check out the list of PHP packages we’ve previously made to see if we’ve made something else that could be of use to you.

Freek Van der Herten is a partner and developer at Spatie, an Antwerp based company that specializes in creating web apps with Laravel. After hours he writes about modern PHP and Laravel on this blog. When not coding he’s probably rehearsing with his kraut rock band.
  • VolgensBartjes

    useful package 😀 would be nice to have a function to get the timestamp of first next open time.
    $openingHours->nextOpen(new DateTime(‘2016-09-26 19:00:00’)); // returns dateobject of 2016-09-27 09:00:99