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DateTime.Now Property

Gets a DateTime object that is set to the current date and time on this computer, expressed as the local time.

Namespace:  System
Assembly:  mscorlib (in mscorlib.dll)

'Declaration
Public Shared ReadOnly Property Now As DateTime

Property Value

Type: System.DateTime
An object whose value is the current local date and time.

The resolution of this property depends on the system timer.

System

Approximate Resolution

Windows NT 3.5 and later

10 milliseconds

Windows 98

55 milliseconds

The Now property is frequently used to measure performance. However, because of its low resolution, it is not suitable for use as a benchmarking tool. A better alternative is to use the Stopwatch class.

Starting with the .NET Framework version 2.0, the return value is a DateTime whose Kind property returns DateTimeKind.Local.

NoteNote

You can also use the DateTimeOffset.Now property to retrieve the current local date and time. It allows a local time to be expressed unambiguously as a single point in time, which in turn makes that time value portable across computers.

The following example uses the SpecifyKind method to demonstrate how the Kind property influences the ToLocalTime and ToUniversalTime conversion methods.


' This code example demonstrates the DateTime Kind, Now, and 
' UtcNow properties, and the SpecifyKind(), ToLocalTime(),  
' and ToUniversalTime() methods. 
Imports System

Class Sample
    Public Shared Sub Main() 
        ' Get the date and time for the current moment, adjusted  
        ' to the local time zone. 
        Dim saveNow As DateTime = DateTime.Now

        ' Get the date and time for the current moment expressed  
        ' as coordinated universal time (UTC). 
        Dim saveUtcNow As DateTime = DateTime.UtcNow
        Dim myDt As DateTime

        ' Display the value and Kind property of the current moment  
        ' expressed as UTC and local time.
        DisplayNow("UtcNow: ..........", saveUtcNow)
        DisplayNow("Now: .............", saveNow)
        Console.WriteLine()

        ' Change the Kind property of the current moment to  
        ' DateTimeKind.Utc and display the result.
        myDt = DateTime.SpecifyKind(saveNow, DateTimeKind.Utc)
        Display("Utc: .............", myDt)

        ' Change the Kind property of the current moment to  
        ' DateTimeKind.Local and display the result.
        myDt = DateTime.SpecifyKind(saveNow, DateTimeKind.Local)
        Display("Local: ...........", myDt)

        ' Change the Kind property of the current moment to  
        ' DateTimeKind.Unspecified and display the result.
        myDt = DateTime.SpecifyKind(saveNow, DateTimeKind.Unspecified)
        Display("Unspecified: .....", myDt)
    End Sub 'Main

    ' Display the value and Kind property of a DateTime structure, the  
    ' DateTime structure converted to local time, and the DateTime  
    ' structure converted to universal time.  

    Public Shared datePatt As String = "M/d/yyyy hh:mm:ss tt" 

    Public Shared Sub Display(ByVal title As String, ByVal inputDt As DateTime) 
        Dim dispDt As DateTime = inputDt
        Dim dtString As String 

        ' Display the original DateTime.
        dtString = dispDt.ToString(datePatt)
        Console.WriteLine("{0} {1}, Kind = {2}", title, dtString, dispDt.Kind)

        ' Convert inputDt to local time and display the result.  
        ' If inputDt.Kind is DateTimeKind.Utc, the conversion is performed. 
        ' If inputDt.Kind is DateTimeKind.Local, the conversion is not performed. 
        ' If inputDt.Kind is DateTimeKind.Unspecified, the conversion is  
        ' performed as if inputDt was universal time.
        dispDt = inputDt.ToLocalTime()
        dtString = dispDt.ToString(datePatt)
        Console.WriteLine("  ToLocalTime:     {0}, Kind = {1}", dtString, dispDt.Kind)

        ' Convert inputDt to universal time and display the result.  
        ' If inputDt.Kind is DateTimeKind.Utc, the conversion is not performed. 
        ' If inputDt.Kind is DateTimeKind.Local, the conversion is performed. 
        ' If inputDt.Kind is DateTimeKind.Unspecified, the conversion is  
        ' performed as if inputDt was local time.
        dispDt = inputDt.ToUniversalTime()
        dtString = dispDt.ToString(datePatt)
        Console.WriteLine("  ToUniversalTime: {0}, Kind = {1}", dtString, dispDt.Kind)
        Console.WriteLine()
    End Sub 'Display


    ' Display the value and Kind property for DateTime.Now and DateTime.UtcNow. 

    Public Shared Sub DisplayNow(ByVal title As String, ByVal inputDt As DateTime) 
        Dim dtString As String = inputDt.ToString(datePatt)
        Console.WriteLine("{0} {1}, Kind = {2}", title, dtString, inputDt.Kind)
    End Sub 'DisplayNow
End Class 'Sample


'This code example produces the following results: 

'UtcNow: .......... 5/6/2005 09:34:42 PM, Kind = Utc 
'Now: ............. 5/6/2005 02:34:42 PM, Kind = Local 

'Utc: ............. 5/6/2005 02:34:42 PM, Kind = Utc 
'  ToLocalTime:     5/6/2005 07:34:42 AM, Kind = Local 
'  ToUniversalTime: 5/6/2005 02:34:42 PM, Kind = Utc 

'Local: ........... 5/6/2005 02:34:42 PM, Kind = Local 
'  ToLocalTime:     5/6/2005 02:34:42 PM, Kind = Local 
'  ToUniversalTime: 5/6/2005 09:34:42 PM, Kind = Utc 

'Unspecified: ..... 5/6/2005 02:34:42 PM, Kind = Unspecified 
'  ToLocalTime:     5/6/2005 07:34:42 AM, Kind = Local 
'  ToUniversalTime: 5/6/2005 09:34:42 PM, Kind = Utc 
'

.NET Framework

Supported in: 4.5.2, 4.5.1, 4.5, 4, 3.5, 3.0, 2.0, 1.1, 1.0

.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

.NET for Windows Phone apps

Supported in: Windows Phone 8.1, Windows Phone 8, Silverlight 8.1

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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