Now Property

DateTimeOffset.Now Property

 

Gets a DateTimeOffset object that is set to the current date and time on the current computer, with the offset set to the local time's offset from Coordinated Universal Time (UTC).

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

public static DateTimeOffset Now { get; }

Property Value

Type: System.DateTimeOffset

A DateTimeOffset object whose date and time is the current local time and whose offset is the local time zone's offset from Coordinated Universal Time (UTC).

The precision of the current local 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 uses the Now property to retrieve the current date and time and displays it by using each of the standard date and time format strings supported by the DateTimeOffset type.

using System;

public class Example
{
   public static void Main()
   {
      String[] fmtStrings = { "d", "D", "f", "F", "g", "G", "M", 
                              "R", "s", "t", "T", "u", "y" };

      DateTimeOffset value = DateTimeOffset.Now;
      // Display date in default format.
      Console.WriteLine(value);
      Console.WriteLine();

      // Display date using each of the specified formats.
      foreach (var fmtString in fmtStrings)
         Console.WriteLine("{0} --> {1}", 
                           fmtString, value.ToString(fmtString));
   }
}
// The example displays output similar to the following:
//    11/19/2012 10:57:11 AM -08:00
//    
//    d --> 11/19/2012
//    D --> Monday, November 19, 2012
//    f --> Monday, November 19, 2012 10:57 AM
//    F --> Monday, November 19, 2012 10:57:11 AM
//    g --> 11/19/2012 10:57 AM
//    G --> 11/19/2012 10:57:11 AM
//    M --> November 19
//    R --> Mon, 19 Nov 2012 18:57:11 GMT
//    s --> 2012-11-19T10:57:11
//    t --> 10:57 AM
//    T --> 10:57:11 AM
//    u --> 2012-11-19 18:57:11Z
//    y --> November, 2012

The following example uses the Now and Millisecond properties to determine the resolution of the system clock. It displays the time only when the value of its millisecond component has changed.

DateTimeOffset dto;
int ctr = 0;
int ms = 0;
do {
   dto = DateTimeOffset.Now;
   if (dto.Millisecond != ms)
   {
      ms = dto.Millisecond;
      Console.WriteLine("{0}:{1:d3} ms. {2}", 
                        dto.ToString("M/d/yyyy h:mm:ss"), 
                        ms, dto.ToString("zzz"));
      ctr++;
   }
} while (ctr < 100);

Universal Windows Platform
Available since 4.5
.NET Framework
Available since 2.0
Portable Class Library
Supported in: portable .NET platforms
Silverlight
Available since 2.0
Windows Phone Silverlight
Available since 7.0
Windows Phone
Available since 8.1
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