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jQuery Get Timestamp getTime() Example

By Sam Deering



Simple jQuery code snippet to get the time since an event happened. Useful for tracking how long the user is taking to interact with the page elements.

var last, diff;
$('div').click(function(event) {
  if ( last ) {
    diff = event.timeStamp - last
    $('div').append('time since last event: ' + diff + '
'); } else { $('div').append('Click again.
'); } last = event.timeStamp; });

or simply

new Date().getTime()

Don’t forget to put your jQuery code inside a document ready function. See 4 different jQuery document ready examples for more info.

Also see: Change CSS with jQuery


Sam Deering has 15+ years of programming and website development experience. He was a website consultant at Console, ABC News, Flight Centre, Sapient Nitro, and the QLD Government and runs a tech blog with over 1 million views per month. Currently, Sam is the Founder of Crypto News, Australia.

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