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DateTime::UtcNow Property

Gets a DateTime object that is set to the current date and time on this computer, expressed as the Coordinated Universal Time (UTC).

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

public:
static property DateTime UtcNow {
	DateTime get ();
}

Property Value

Type: System::DateTime
An object whose value is the current UTC 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

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

An alternative to using UtcNow is DateTimeOffset::UtcNow. While the former indicates that a date and time value is Coordinated Universal Time (UTC) by assigning DateTimeKind::Utc to its Kind property, the latter assigns the date and time value the UTC time's offset (equal to TimeSpan::Zero).

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

No code example is currently available or this language may not be supported.

.NET Framework

Supported in: 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 Silverlight 8.1, 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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