Python time time() Method

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Description

The method time() returns the time as a floating point number expressed in seconds since the epoch, in UTC.

Note: Even though the time is always returned as a floating point number, not all systems provide time with a better precision than 1 second. While this function normally returns non-decreasing values, it can return a lower value than a previous call if the system clock has been set back between the two calls.

Syntax

Following is the syntax for time() method:

time.time()

Parameters

  • NA

Return Value

This method returns the time as a floating point number expressed in seconds since the epoch, in UTC.

Example

The following example shows the usage of time() method.

#!/usr/bin/python
import time

print "time.time(): %f " %  time.time()
print time.localtime( time.time() )
print time.asctime( time.localtime(time.time()) )

Let us compile and run the above program, this will produce the following result:

time.time(): 1234892919.655932
(2009, 2, 17, 10, 48, 39, 1, 48, 0)
Tue Feb 17 10:48:39 2009



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