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Epoch Time Converter

Convert Unix timestamp to Date and Date to Timestamp (Epoch Datetime)

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Epoch Time Converter


Convert epoch time to readable date format or you can enter or select date time and find the unix Epoch Time
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What is Epoch time

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  • Epoch Time is a universal time standard. Epoch time is used by computers and other devices all over the world to represent time. This makes it easy to compare and synchronize times across different systems.
  • Epoch time is simply a number representing the number of seconds that have passed since a specific point in time, the Unix epoch. This makes it easy to perform mathematical operations on time and to calculate the difference between two times.
  • It is a flexible time standard. Epoch time can be used to represent time at different resolutions, from milliseconds to years. This makes it suitable for a wide range of applications.
  • It is a scalable time standard. Epoch time can be used to represent times in the past, present, and future. This makes it suitable for applications that need to store and process large amounts of time data.
  • The Unix epoch is the date and time 00:00:00 UTC on Thursday, January 1, 1970.
  • The first year of the Unix epoch was a leap year, but leap seconds are not counted in Unix time. This means that Epoch time is slightly ahead of Coordinated Universal Time (UTC).
  • The maximum value of a 32-bit signed integer is 2,147,483,647. This means that a 32-bit system will overflow its time counter on January 19, 2038, at 03:14:07 UTC. This is known as the Year 2038 problem.

Unix Timestamp to DateTime Examples

Unix Timestamp / Epoch Time To Human Date Time

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January 1st, 1970 00:00:00

86400

January 2nd, 1970 05:30:00

946684799.429

December 31st, 1999 23:59:59

1000000000

September 9, 2001 1:46:40

1111111111

March 18, 2005 01:58:31

1234567890

February 9, 2009 23:31:30

1672552080

January 1st, 2023 00:00:00

2147472000.853

January 19th, 2032 00:00:00

2222222222

June 2nd, 2040 03:57:02

9876543210

December 22nd, 2282 20:13:30

253412079800.587

April 23rd, 10000 04:23:20

How to Convert Epoch time to a readable date timestamp format

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    To convert Epoch time to a readable date and time format, you can use the following steps:
  • Divide the Epoch time by 86400, which is the number of seconds in a day. This will give you the number of days since the Unix epoch.
  • Add 1 to the number of days since the Unix epoch. This is because the Unix epoch starts at day 0, while most calendars start at day 1.
  • Convert the number of days since the Unix epoch to a date using a calendar conversion algorithm.
  • Convert the fractional part of the Epoch time to seconds, minutes, and hours.
  • Combine the date and time components into a readable date and time format.

Epoch Time to Date Time Converters - Overview, Usage and Limitations

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  • The epoch time to date time conversion is based on the Unix epoch, which is defined as the number of seconds that have elapsed since January 1, 1970, at 00:00:00 UTC.
  • The epoch time to date time conversion is used in various computing and programming applications, such as data analysis, timestamping, and event logging in human readable format. It's also useful in data storage and retrieval. Many databases and file systems store timestamps as epoch time values, allowing for efficient sorting, indexing, and querying operations.
  • An important consideration is the need to take into account timezones. Since epoch time is based on UTC, the conversion needs to take into account the local time zone offset to accurately represent the date and time in a specific region.
  • The date time to epoch time or epoch time to dateis not limited to seconds. It can also be extended to milliseconds, microseconds, or even nanoseconds, depending on the level of precision required by an application.
  • One Limitation of Epoch time conversion is that it does not take into account the additional seconds in a leap year. For example, the Unix epoch does not account for leap seconds, which are occasional adjustments made to keep atomic time in sync with the Earth's rotation.
  • The epoch to timestamp can also be used to convert timestamps found in various digital files, such as photos, videos, or email headers into a an understandable date and time format and also verify authencity of digital documents.

Frequently Asked Questions on Epoch to Date Conversion

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  • Epoch in general means the start of an important event. In computing terms, it refers to starting time on Jan 1, 1970 UTC which is taken as time '0' and ticking away every 1sec. This was used by the operating system of Unix to compute total time elapsed since Jan 1, 1970. Other operating systems use different start dates.

  • Unix or Posix timestamp is the total time in seconds since Jan 1, 1970. The operating system determines the computer date and time by counting no of ticks of 1 second from epoch.

  • Apple - Jan 1 , 1904 with 1s tick. Windows - Jan 1, 1601 with 100ns tick. OpenVMS - November 17, 1858 with 100ns tick. Unix and Posix - Jan 1, 1970 with 1s tick.

  • 32 bit systems will not be able to convert and store UNIX epoch dates properly this date onwards. The equivalent epoch time of 2147472000 seconds will cause an overflow in 32 bit systems. No issues in 64 bit systems and they will be fine for longer time. This is specific to unix time.

  • Use the inbuilt date function and get time and divide by 1000. example in javascript - (new Date().getTime()/1000.0). Compute date difference from the epoch date to current date.

  • Yes, By detault, Epoch is represented in Univeral timezone which is the Greenwich mean time. It can be converted to any timezone.