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Time Tools Egg-Timer, Clock, Uptime, Countdown, Time Travel
Online time tools customizable via parameters in the URL
Unix Timestamp Milliseconds since Epoch, Seconds since Epoch
Free http request-based web service. Usable as a 3d party time provider (e.g. games) or instead of a system clock (e.g. microcontrollers)
Network Sync Javascript API, Java API
Libraries & small APIs that can help you estimate network lag during synchronization requests
Articles & Tutorials Java, UTC & System.currentTimeMillis()
Java programming examples and explanations about timezones & Unix timestamps in milliseconds

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Ways To Get The Current Millis
Methods of getting the time in milliseconds since the UNIX epoch (January 1, 1970 00:00:00 UTC) in various programming languages
ActionScript (new Date()).time
C++* #include "time.h" time_t seconds; time(&seconds); unsigned long long millis = (unsigned long long)seconds * 1000;
C#.NET (DateTime.UtcNow - new DateTime (1970, 1, 1)).TotalMilliseconds
Clojure (System/currentTimeMillis)
Java System.currentTimeMillis()
Javascript new Date().getTime()
MySQL* UNIX_TIMESTAMP() * 1000
Objective-C (long long)([[NSDate date] timeIntervalSince1970] * 1000.0)
Oracle PL/SQL* SELECT (SYSDATE - TO_DATE('01-01-1970 00:00:00', 'DD-MM-YYYY HH24:MI:SS')) * 24 * 60 * 60 * 1000 FROM DUAL
Perl use Time::HiRes qw(gettimeofday); print gettimeofday;
PHP round(microtime(true) * 1000)
PostgreSQL extract(epoch FROM now()) * 1000
Python int(round(time.time() * 1000))
Qt QDateTime::toMSecsSinceEpoch()
Ruby (Time.now.to_i).floor
Scala val timestamp: Long = System.currentTimeMillis
SQL Server DATEDIFF(ms, '1970-01-01 00:00:00', GETUTCDATE())
SQLite* STRFTIME('%s', 'now') * 1000
VBScript / ASP offsetInMillis = 60000 *
WScript.Echo DateDiff("s", "01/01/1970 00:00:00", Now()) * 1000 - offsetInMillis + Timer * 1000 mod 1000
*might not reach millisecond accuracy but is multiplied to reach millisecond range
Science & Trivia
Scientific facts as well as controversies surrounding time keeping
Abbreviation Millis is the popular abbreviation for milliseconds. The formal one would be ms. Another one would be millisecs but this is very rare
Leap seconds Leap seconds are one-second adjustments added to the UTC time to synchronize it with solar time. Leap seconds tend to cause trouble with software. For example, on June 30, 2012 you had the time 23:59:60. Google uses a technique called leap smear on its servers, which, instead of adding an extra second, extend seconds prior to the end of the day by a few milliseconds each so that the day will last 1000 milliseconds longer.
Theory of Relativity The Special and General theories of Relativity are taken into account by GPS receivers (found in planes, cars and mobile phones) and Earth-orbiting satellites to synchronize their time within a 20-30 nanosecond range. This happens because satellites are in motion relative to the planet so the observers on the planet will perceive time is passing more slowly for the satellites.
UTC vs. GMT
(simple take)
UTC stands for Coordinated Universal Time. GMT stands for Greenwich Mean Time. UTC is a universal time keeping standard by itself. A time expressed in UTC is essentially the time on the whole planet. A time expressed in GMT is the time in the timezone of the Greenwich meridian. In current computer science problems (and probably most scientific ones) UTC and GMT expressed in absolute value happen to have identical values so they have been used interchangeably.
UTC vs. GMT
(complex take)
Literature and history are a bit ambiguous. UTC essentially appeared in 1960, GMT being the ‘main thing’ until then. Unlike GMT which is based on solar time and originally calculated a second as a fraction of the time it takes for the Earth to make a full rotation around its axis, UTC calculates a second as “the duration of 9192631770 periods of the radiation corresponding to the transition between the two hyperfine levels of the ground state of the cesium 133 atom”. UTC’s second is far more precise than GMT's original second. In 1972 leap seconds were introduced to synchronize UTC time with solar time. These 2 turning points (different definition of a second and the introduction of leap seconds) ‘forced’ GMT to be the same as UTC based on what seemed a gradual, tacit convention. If you were to calculate true GMT today i would see it based on its original definition of 1 second = 1/86400 days and this would for sure return a different absolute value than what UTC gives us. From this point of view the name “GMT” seems deprecated, but kept around for backward compatibility, traditional timezone based representation of time and sometimes legal reasons.
UTC vs. UT1 UT1 is the most precise form of universal time. It's computed using observations of quasars in outer space (which make up the International Celestial Reference Frame) and of distances between Earth and its satellites - natural (Moon) and artificial. UTC only tries to approximate UT1: it is kept within 0.9 seconds of UT1 by employing leap seconds.
26 hour
timezone span
Intuition tells us timezones should probably span from UTC+0 to UTC-12 to the west of the Greenwhich Meridian and from UTC+0 to UTC+12 to the east. In fact they can reach UTC+14. UTC+14 is Christmas Island's (Kiribati) time all year round and Samoa's daylight saving time during southern hemisphere summer. Therefore the maximum difference between 2 local times on Earth is 26 hours.
Common Epochs
the most common is of course the Unix Epoch but some systems and services have different epochs
Unix Epoch ms since January 1, 1970
Mac OS <= 9 ms since January 1, 1904
Mac OS >= 10 ms since January 1, 2001
NTP Epoch ms since January 1, 1900
LDAP / NT Epoch ticks since January 1, 1601
.NET MinValue ticks since January 1, 0001
* 1 tick = 0.0001 milliseconds = 100 nanoseconds
The Current Millis Story
This site is an online check of the current UTC time in milliseconds elapsed since the UNIX epoch (Jan 1, 1970), along with some local time - UTC comparisons. You can also convert milliseconds to date and time and the other way around.
The "current millis" story started with me debugging my Android application. In Android you tell an alarm when to come up by passing a simple number. This number has to be so large that it can encompass all the time passed since midnight January 1st, 1970 but sufficiently small that it can fit into existing data structures and keep going enough time in the future. Precision: millisecond. Why 1970 you ask? It's just a convention: it was the roundest most recent year to the point in time people actually started thinking about a universal measure of time.

As i was debugging i needed something to tell me what the current time in millis is. Since a program was already running, rather than just inspecting Java's System.currentTimeMillis() or running a program that shows it to me, i figured i'll open a web page that shows it. There was nothing like it in the search results. The funniest result i saw was telling me the local time in Millis, Massachusetts. I couldn't believe there isn't a site that does such a simple thing. I wrote currentmillis.com and hit enter. My ISP's page popped up telling me there is no such page. I then went to GoDaddy which told me this incredibly simple domain was available. So i bought it and turned it into a single-serving website which shows, you guessed it, the current time in millis.

In my opinion this is the most reasonably precise measuring standard ever. And timing isn't the easiest problem to solve, especially in a world where GPS has to take into account Einstein's theory of relativity and leap seconds have to be added from time to time to keep UTC (Coordinated Universal Time) in sync with solar time. The irony is i probably would have never found out that the last second of June 30, 2012 was 23:59:60 if i wouldn't have bought currentmillis.com.

My goal for this website is that programmers all around the world know: when you want to see the current UTC time in millis you can do so easily at currentmillis.com.



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