The HTML <time> element represents either a time on a 24-hour clock or a precise date in the Gregorian calendar (with optional time and timezone information).

Content categories Flow content, phrasing content, palpable content.
Permitted content Phrasing content.
Tag omission None; both the starting and ending tags are mandatory.
Permitted parents Any element that accepts phrasing content.
Permitted ARIA roles Any
DOM interface HTMLTimeElement

Attributes

Like all other HTML elements, this element supports the global attributes.

datetime
This attribute indicates the time and date of the element and must be a valid date with an optional time string. If the value cannot be parsed as a date with an optional time string, the element does not have an associated time stamp.

Usage notes

This element is for presenting dates and times in a machine readable format. For example, this can help a user agent offer to add an event to a user's calendar.

This element is not appropriate for instances where a specific date cannot be calculated, nor should it be used for dates prior to the introduction of the Gregorian calendar (due to complications in calculating those dates).

Examples

Simple example

HTML

<p>The concert starts at <time>20:00</time>.</p>

Output

datetime example

HTML

<p>The concert took place on <time
  datetime="2001-05-15T19:00">May 15</time>.</p>

Output

Specifications

Specification Status Comment
HTML Living Standard
The definition of '<time>' in that specification.
Living Standard No change from HTML 5.1
HTML 5.1
The definition of '<time>' in that specification.
Recommendation No change from HTML5
HTML5
The definition of '<time>' in that specification.
Recommendation Initial definition.

Browser compatibility

FeatureChromeEdgeFirefoxInternet ExplorerOperaSafari
Basic Support62 (Yes)22 No

49

11.5 — 12

7
datetime62 (Yes)22 No

49

11.5 — 12

7
FeatureAndroidChrome for AndroidEdge mobileFirefox for AndroidIE mobileOpera AndroidiOS Safari
Basic Support6262 (Yes)22 No

49

11.5 — 12

4
datetime6262 (Yes)22 No

49

11.5 — 12

4

See also

  • The <data> element, allowing to signal other kind of values.