Python 3 - 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/python3
import time

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

Result

When we run the above program, it produces the following result −

time.time(): 1455519806.011433 
time.struct_time(tm_year = 2016, tm_mon = 2, tm_mday = 15, tm_hour = 12, tm_min = 33, 
   tm_sec = 26, tm_wday = 0, tm_yday = 46, tm_isdst = 0)
Mon Feb 15 12:33:26 2016
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