The static method returns the number of milliseconds elapsed since the epoch, which is defined as the midnight at the beginning of January 1, 1970, UTC.

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Return value

A number representing the timestamp, in milliseconds, of the current time.


Reduced time precision

To offer protection against timing attacks and fingerprinting, the precision of might get rounded depending on browser settings. In Firefox, the privacy.reduceTimerPrecision preference is enabled by default and defaults to 2ms. You can also enable privacy.resistFingerprinting, in which case the precision will be 100ms or the value of privacy.resistFingerprinting.reduceTimerPrecision.microseconds, whichever is larger.

// reduced time precision (2ms) in Firefox 60;
// 1519211809934
// 1519211810362
// 1519211811670
// …

// reduced time precision with `privacy.resistFingerprinting` enabled;
// 1519129853500
// 1519129858900
// 1519129864400
// …


Measuring time elapsed

You can use to get the current time in milliseconds, then subtract a previous time to find out how much time elapsed between the two calls.

const start =;
console.log(`Time elapsed: ${ - start} ms`);

For more complex scenarios, you may want to use the performance API instead.


ECMAScript Language Specification

Browser compatibility

BCD tables only load in the browser

See also