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Javascript Timestamps

High-resolution timestamps returns a precise timestamp: The number of milliseconds, including microseconds, since the current web page started to load.

More generally, it returns the time elapsed since the performanceTiming.navigationStart event.

t =;

For example, in a web browser's main context, returns 6288.319 if the web page began to load 6288 milliseconds and 319 microseconds ago.

Get Timestamp in Seconds

To get the timestamp in seconds

Math.floor((new Date().getTime()) / 1000)


Low-resolution timestamps returns the number of whole milliseconds that have elapsed since 1 January 1970 00:00:00 UTC

t =;

Output returns 1461069314 if it was called on 19 April 2016 at 12:35:14 GMT

Support for legacy browsers

In older browsers where is unavailable, use (new Date()).getTime() instead:

t = (new Date()).getTime();

Or, to provide a function for use in older browsers, use this polyfill:

if (! { = function now() {
 return new Date().getTime();


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