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DateTimeOffset.UtcNow Property

Gets a DateTimeOffset object whose date and time are set to the current Coordinated Universal Time (UTC) date and time and whose offset is TimeSpan.Zero.

Namespace:  System
Assemblies:   System.Runtime (in System.Runtime.dll)
  mscorlib (in mscorlib.dll)

public static DateTimeOffset UtcNow { get; }

Property Value

Type: System.DateTimeOffset
An object whose date and time is the current Coordinated Universal Time (UTC) and whose offset is TimeSpan.Zero.

The UtcNow property computes the current Universal Coordinated Time (UTC) based on the local system's clock time and an offset defined by the local system's time zone.

The precision of the current UTC time's millisecond component depends on the resolution of the system clock. On Windows NT 3.5 and later, and Windows Vista operating systems, the clock's resolution is approximately 10-15 milliseconds.

The following example illustrates the relationship between Coordinated Universal Time (UTC) and local time.

DateTimeOffset localTime = DateTimeOffset.Now;
DateTimeOffset utcTime = DateTimeOffset.UtcNow;

Console.WriteLine("Local Time:          {0}", localTime.ToString("T"));
Console.WriteLine("Difference from UTC: {0}", localTime.Offset.ToString());
Console.WriteLine("UTC:                 {0}", utcTime.ToString("T"));
// If run on a particular date at 1:19 PM, the example produces 
// the following output: 
//    Local Time:          1:19:43 PM 
//    Difference from UTC: -07:00:00 
//    UTC:                 8:19:43 PM      

.NET Framework

Supported in: 4.5.3, 4, 3.5 SP1, 3.0 SP1, 2.0 SP1

.NET Framework Client Profile

Supported in: 4, 3.5 SP1

Portable Class Library

Supported in: Portable Class Library

.NET for Windows Store apps

Supported in: Windows 8

Supported in: Windows Phone 8.1

Supported in: Windows Phone Silverlight 8.1

Supported in: Windows Phone Silverlight 8

Windows Phone 8.1, Windows Phone 8, Windows 8.1, Windows Server 2012 R2, Windows 8, Windows Server 2012, Windows 7, Windows Vista SP2, Windows Server 2008 (Server Core Role not supported), Windows Server 2008 R2 (Server Core Role supported with SP1 or later; Itanium not supported)

The .NET Framework does not support all versions of every platform. For a list of the supported versions, see .NET Framework System Requirements.

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