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Checking date against date range in Python

I have a date variable: 2011-01-15 and I would like to get a boolean back if said date is within 3 days from TODAY. Im not quite sure how to construct this in Python. Im only dealing with date, not datetime.

My working example is a “grace period”. A user logs into my site and if the grace period is within 3 days of today, additional scripts, etc. are omitted for that user.

I know you can do some fancy/complex things in Python’s date module(s) but Im not sure where to look.


In Python to check a range you can use a <= x <= b:

>>> import datetime
>>> today =
>>> margin = datetime.timedelta(days = 3)
>>> today - margin <=, 1, 15) <= today + margin