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Get System Time Example

In this example we shall show you how to get the System Time. We are using the System class, that contains several useful class fields and methods. It cannot be instantiated.To get the System Time one should perform the following steps:

  • Use the currentTimeMillis() API method of System. Thi method returns the current time in milliseconds. Note that while the unit of time of the return value is a millisecond, the granularity of the value depends on the underlying operating system and may be larger. For example, many operating systems measure time in units of tens of milliseconds.

Let’s take a look at the code snippet that follows:

package com.javacodegeeks.snippets.core;

public class GetSystemTime {

	public static void main(String[] args) {

		// Get System Time by using currentTimeMillis static method of System class 
		long SystemTime = System.currentTimeMillis();

		System.out.println("Milliseconds since midnight, January 1, 1970 UTC : " + SystemTime);


Milliseconds since midnight, January 1, 1970 UTC : 1345450703966

This was an example of how to get the System Time in Java.

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