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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
Assembly:  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, 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

Windows 7, Windows Vista SP1 or later, Windows XP SP3, 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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