The Date.now() method returns the number of milliseconds elapsed since January 1, 1970 00:00:00 UTC.

Syntax

var timeInMs = Date.now();

Return value

A Number representing the milliseconds elapsed since the UNIX epoch.

Description

Because now() is a static method of Date, you always use it as Date.now().

Reduced time precision

To offer protection against timing attacks and fingerprinting, the precision of Date.now() might get rounded depending on browser settings.
In Firefox, the privacy.reduceTimerPrecision  preference is enabled by default and defaults to 20us in Firefox 59; in 60 it will be 2ms.

// reduced time precision (2ms) in Firefox 60
Date.now()
// 1519211809934
// 1519211810362
// 1519211811670
// ...


// reduced time precision with `privacy.resistFingerprinting` enabled
Date.now();
// 1519129853500
// 1519129858900
// 1519129864400
// ...

In Firefox, you can also enable privacy.resistFingerprinting, the precision will be 100ms or the value of privacy.resistFingerprinting.reduceTimerPrecision.microseconds, whichever is larger.

Polyfill

This method was standardized in ECMA-262 5th edition. Engines which have not been updated to support this method can work around the absence of this method using the following shim:

if (!Date.now) {
  Date.now = function now() {
    return new Date().getTime();
  };
}

Specifications

Specification Status Comment
ECMAScript 5.1 (ECMA-262)
The definition of 'Date.now' in that specification.
Standard Initial definition. Implemented in JavaScript 1.5.
ECMAScript 2015 (6th Edition, ECMA-262)
The definition of 'Date.now' in that specification.
Standard  
ECMAScript Latest Draft (ECMA-262)
The definition of 'Date.now' in that specification.
Draft  

Browser compatibility

FeatureChromeEdgeFirefoxInternet ExplorerOperaSafari
Basic support5 Yes3910.54
FeatureAndroid webviewChrome for AndroidEdge mobileFirefox for AndroidOpera AndroidiOS SafariSamsung Internet
Basic support Yes Yes Yes4 Yes Yes Yes

See also