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Stopwatch.ElapsedTicks Property

Gets the total elapsed time measured by the current instance, in timer ticks.

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

public long ElapsedTicks { get; }

Property Value

Type: System.Int64
A read-only long integer representing the total number of timer ticks measured by the current instance.

This property represents the number of elapsed ticks in the underlying timer mechanism. A tick is the smallest unit of time that the Stopwatch timer can measure. Use the Frequency field to convert the ElapsedTicks value into a number of seconds.

You can query the properties Elapsed, ElapsedMilliseconds, and ElapsedTicks while the Stopwatch instance is running or stopped. The elapsed time properties steadily increase while the Stopwatch is running; they remain constant when the instance is stopped.

By default, the elapsed time value of a Stopwatch instance equals the total of all measured time intervals. Each call to Start begins counting at the cumulative elapsed time; each call to Stop ends the current interval measurement and freezes the cumulative elapsed time value. Use the Reset method to clear the cumulative elapsed time in an existing Stopwatch instance.

NoteNote

Stopwatch ticks are different from DateTime.Ticks. Each tick in the DateTime.Ticks value represents one 100-nanosecond interval. Each tick in the ElapsedTicks value represents the time interval equal to 1 second divided by the Frequency.

The following example uses the Stopwatch class to measure the performance of four different implementations for parsing an integer from a string. This code example is part of a larger example provided for the Stopwatch class.


long ticksThisTime = 0;
int inputNum;
Stopwatch timePerParse;

switch (operation)
{
    case 0:
        // Parse a valid integer using
        // a try-catch statement.

        // Start a new stopwatch timer.
        timePerParse = Stopwatch.StartNew();

        try 
        {
            inputNum = Int32.Parse("0");
        }
        catch (FormatException)
        {
            inputNum = 0;
        }

        // Stop the timer, and save the
        // elapsed ticks for the operation.

        timePerParse.Stop();
        ticksThisTime = timePerParse.ElapsedTicks;
        break;
    case 1:
        // Parse a valid integer using
        // the TryParse statement.

        // Start a new stopwatch timer.
        timePerParse = Stopwatch.StartNew();

        if (!Int32.TryParse("0", out inputNum))
        { 
            inputNum = 0;
        }

        // Stop the timer, and save the
        // elapsed ticks for the operation.
        timePerParse.Stop();
        ticksThisTime = timePerParse.ElapsedTicks;
        break;
    case 2:
        // Parse an invalid value using
        // a try-catch statement.

        // Start a new stopwatch timer.
        timePerParse = Stopwatch.StartNew();

        try 
        {
            inputNum = Int32.Parse("a");
        }
        catch (FormatException)
        {
            inputNum = 0;
        }

        // Stop the timer, and save the
        // elapsed ticks for the operation.
        timePerParse.Stop();
        ticksThisTime = timePerParse.ElapsedTicks;
        break;
    case 3:
        // Parse an invalid value using
        // the TryParse statement.

        // Start a new stopwatch timer.
        timePerParse = Stopwatch.StartNew();

        if (!Int32.TryParse("a", out inputNum))
        { 
            inputNum = 0;
        }

        // Stop the timer, and save the
        // elapsed ticks for the operation.
        timePerParse.Stop();
        ticksThisTime = timePerParse.ElapsedTicks;
        break;

    default:
        break;
}


.NET Framework

Supported in: 4, 3.5, 3.0, 2.0

.NET Framework Client Profile

Supported in: 4, 3.5 SP1

Windows 7, Windows Vista SP1 or later, Windows XP SP3, Windows XP SP2 x64 Edition, Windows Server 2008 (Server Core not supported), Windows Server 2008 R2 (Server Core supported with SP1 or later), Windows Server 2003 SP2

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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