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The method returns the number of milliseconds elapsed since 1 January 1970 00:00:00 UTC.


var timeInMs =;

Return value

A Number representing the milliseconds elapsed since the UNIX epoch.


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


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


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

Browser compatibility

FeatureChromeEdgeFirefoxInternet ExplorerOperaSafari
Basic Support5(Yes)3910.54
FeatureAndroidChrome for AndroidEdge mobileFirefox for AndroidIE mobileOpera AndroidiOS Safari
Basic Support(Yes)(Yes)(Yes)(Yes)(Yes)(Yes)(Yes)

See also