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How to Get Current Timestamp in Milliseconds in Rust| Rust epoch time example


In this post, You will learn multiple ways to get the current epoch timestamp in Rust.

epoch time is Unix style in milliseconds since 01/01/1971, which means it returns a long number in milliseconds. It is epoch time or Unix timestamp

Rust provides the Date object provides the date and time-related things.

Rust current time in Milliseconds

  • using SystemTime

SystemTime struct provides utility function or SystemClock.

SystemTime::now() returns SystemTime object that contains current time . duration_since returns the Duration of difference between current time and Unix Time. as_millis function return the total number of millisecond.

Here is an example

use std::time::{SystemTime, UNIX_EPOCH};

fn main() {
    let time = SystemTime::now()
        .duration_since(UNIX_EPOCH)
        .unwrap()
        .as_millis();
    println!("{}", time);
}

Output:

1651227581881

Below program get the current time.

  • nano seconds using as_nanos() function
  • Micro seconds using as_micros() function
  • seconds using as_secs() function
  • seconds in duration f64 using as_secs_f64() function
use std::time::{SystemTime, UNIX_EPOCH};

fn main() {
    let time = SystemTime::now().duration_since(UNIX_EPOCH).unwrap();
    println!("Current Micro Seconds: {}", time.as_micros());
    println!("Current Nano Seconds:  {}", time.as_nanos());
    println!("Current Seconds: {}", time.as_secs());
    println!("Current Seconds in f64: {}", time.as_secs_f64());
}

Output:

Current Micro Seconds: 1651227748258206
Current Nano Seconds:  1651227748258206700
Current Seconds: 1651227748
Current Seconds in f64: 1651227748.2582066

Another way using chrono library. First get utc current time using utc::now() now.timestamp() function returns the i64

use chrono::prelude::*;

fn main() {
    let now = Utc::now();
    let ts: i64 = now.timestamp();
 
    println!("{}", ts);
}

Output:

1651225235661
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