Compute elapsed time in seconds in Java

Java 8Object Oriented ProgrammingProgramming

To compute the elapsed time of an operation in seconds in Java, we use the System.currentTimeMillis() method. The java.lang.System.currentTimeMillis() returns the current time in milliseconds.

Declaration −The java.lang.System.currentTimeMillis() is declared as follows −

public static long currentTimeMillis()

The method returns time difference in milliseconds between the current time and midnight, January 1, 1970 (UTC or epoch time).

Let us see a program to compute the elapsed time of an operation in Java −

 Live Demo

public class Example {
   public static void main(String[] args) throws Exception {
      // finding the time before the operation is executed
      long start = System.currentTimeMillis();
      for (int i = 0; i <5; i++) {
      // finding the time after the operation is executed
      long end = System.currentTimeMillis();
      //finding the time difference and converting it into seconds
      float sec = (end - start) / 1000F; System.out.println(sec + " seconds");


0.3 seconds
Published on 08-Jan-2019 07:13:17