microtime

(PHP 4, PHP 5)

microtimeReturn current Unix timestamp with microseconds

Description

mixed microtime ([ bool $get_as_float = false ] )

microtime() returns the current Unix timestamp with microseconds. This function is only available on operating systems that support the gettimeofday() system call.

Parameters

get_as_float

If used and set to TRUE, microtime() will return a float instead of a string, as described in the return values section below.

Return Values

By default, microtime() returns a string in the form "msec sec", where sec is the current time measured in the number of seconds since the Unix epoch (0:00:00 January 1, 1970 GMT), and msec is the number of microseconds that have elapsed since sec expressed in seconds.

If get_as_float is set to TRUE, then microtime() returns a float, which represents the current time in seconds since the Unix epoch accurate to the nearest microsecond.

Changelog

Version Description
5.0.0 The get_as_float parameter was added.

Examples

Example #1 Timing script execution with microtime()

<?php
/**
 * Simple function to replicate PHP 5 behaviour
 */
function microtime_float()
{
    list(
$usec$sec) = explode(" "microtime());
    return ((float)
$usec + (float)$sec);
}

$time_start microtime_float();

// Sleep for a while
usleep(100);

$time_end microtime_float();
$time $time_end $time_start;

echo 
"Did nothing in $time seconds\n";
?>

Example #2 Timing script execution in PHP 5

<?php
$time_start 
microtime(true);

// Sleep for a while
usleep(100);

$time_end microtime(true);
$time $time_end $time_start;

echo 
"Did nothing in $time seconds\n";
?>

See Also

  • time() - بازگرداندن Unix timestamp فعلی

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User Contributed Notes 13 notes

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player27
4 years ago
You can use one variable to check execution $time as follow:

<?php
$time
= -microtime(true);
$hash = 0;
for (
$i=0; $i < rand(1000,4000); ++$i) {
   
$hash ^= md5(substr(str_shuffle("0123456789abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyzABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ"), 0, rand(1,10)));
}
$time += microtime(true);
echo
"Hash: $hash iterations:$i time: ",sprintf('%f', $time),PHP_EOL;
?>
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Russell G.
3 years ago
Note that the timestamp returned is "with microseconds", not "in microseconds". This is especially good to know if you pass 'true' as the parameter and then calculate the difference between two float values -- the result is already in seconds; it doesn't need to be divided by a million.
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radek at pinkbike com
11 years ago
A lot of the comments here suggest adding in the following way:  (float)$usec + (float)$sec
Make sure you have the float precision high enough as with the default precision of 12, you are only precise to the 0.01 seconds. 
Set this in you php.ini file.
        precision    =  16
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jamie at bishopston dot net
6 years ago
All these timing scripts rely on microtime which relies on gettimebyday(2)

This can be inaccurate on servers that run ntp to syncronise the servers
time.

For timing, you should really use clock_gettime(2) with the
CLOCK_MONOTONIC flag set.

This returns REAL WORLD time, not affected by intentional clock drift.

This may seem a bit picky, but I recently saw a server that's clock was an
hour out, and they'd set it to 'drift' to the correct time (clock is speeded
up until it reaches the correct time)

Those sorts of things can make a real impact.

Any solutions, seeing as php doesn't have a hook into clock_gettime?

More info here: http://tinyurl.com/28vxja9

http://blog.habets.pp.se/2010/09/
gettimeofday-should-never-be-used-to-measure-time
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gomodo at free dot fr
7 years ago
Need a mini benchmark ?
Use microtime with this (very smart) benchmark function :

mixed mini_bench_to(array timelist[, return_array=false])
return a mini bench result

-the timelist first key must be 'start'
-default return a resume string, or array if return_array= true :
'total_time' (ms) in first row
details (purcent) in next row

example :
<?php
unset($t);    // if previous used

//-- zone to bench
$t['start'] = microtime(true);
$tab_test=array(1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8);
$fact=1;
$t['init_values'] = microtime(true);
foreach (
$tab_test as $key=>$value)
{
   
$fact=$fact*$value;
}
$t['loop_fact'] = microtime(true);
echo
"fact = ".$fact."\n";
//-- END zone to bench

echo "---- string result----\n";
$str_result_bench=mini_bench_to($t);
echo
$str_result_bench; // string return
echo "---- tab result----\n";
$tab_result_bench=mini_bench_to($t,true);
echo
var_export($tab_result_bench,true);
?>
this example return:

---- string result----
total time : 0.0141 ms
start -> init_values : 51.1 %
init_values -> loop_fact : 48.9 %
---- tab result----
array (
  'total_time' => 0.0141,
  'start -> init_values' => 51.1,
  'init_values -> loop_fact' => 48.9,
)

The function to include :

<?php
function mini_bench_to($arg_t, $arg_ra=false)
  {
   
$tttime=round((end($arg_t)-$arg_t['start'])*1000,4);
    if (
$arg_ra) $ar_aff['total_time']=$tttime;
    else
$aff="total time : ".$tttime."ms\n";
   
$prv_cle='start';
   
$prv_val=$arg_t['start'];

    foreach (
$arg_t as $cle=>$val)
    {
        if(
$cle!='start')   
        {
           
$prcnt_t=round(((round(($val-$prv_val)*1000,4)/$tttime)*100),1);
            if (
$arg_ra) $ar_aff[$prv_cle.' -> '.$cle]=$prcnt_t;
           
$aff.=$prv_cle.' -> '.$cle.' : '.$prcnt_t." %\n";
           
$prv_val=$val;
           
$prv_cle=$cle;
        }
    }
    if (
$arg_ra) return $ar_aff;
    return
$aff;
  }
?>
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luke at lucanos dot com
8 years ago
Rather than using the list() function, etc. I have found the following code to be a bit cleaner and simpler:
<?php
$theTime
= array_sum( explode( ' ' , microtime() ) );
echo
$theTime;
# Displays "1212018372.3366"
?>
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thomas
5 years ago
I have been getting negative values substracting a later microtime(true) call from an earlier microtime(true) call on Windows with PHP 5.3.8

Produces negative values
------------------------------
for($i = 0; $i<100; $i++) {
    $x =  microtime(true);
    //short calculation
    $y = microtime(true);
    echo ($y-$x) . "\n"; // <--- mostly negatives
}

Calling usleep(1) seems to work
---------------------------------------
for($i = 0; $i<100; $i++) {
    $x =  microtime(true);
    //short calculation
    usleep(1);
    $y = microtime(true);
    echo ($y-$x) . "\n"; // <--- fixed now
}
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EdorFaus
10 years ago
Of the methods I've seen here, and thought up myself, to convert microtime() output into a numerical value, the microtime_float() one shown in the documentation proper(using explode,list,float,+) is the slowest in terms of runtime.

I implemented the various methods, ran each in a tight loop 1,000,000 times, and compared runtimes (and output). I did this 10 times to make sure there wasn't a problem of other things putting a load spike on the server. I'll admit I didn't take into account martijn at vanderlee dot com's comments on testing accuracy, but as I figured the looping code etc would be the same, and this was only meant as a relative comparison, it should not be necessary.

The above method took on average 5.7151877 seconds, while a method using substr and simply adding strings with . took on average 3.0144226 seconds. rsalazar at innox dot com dot mx's method using preg_replace used on average 4.1819633 seconds. This shows that there are indeed differences, but for normal use noone is going to notice it.

Note that the substr method mentioned isn't quite the one given anonymously below, but one I made based on it:
<?php
$time
=microtime();
$timeval=substr($time,11).substr($time,1,9);
?>

Also worth noting is that the microtime_float() method gets faster, and no less accurate, if the (float) conversions are taken out and the variables are simply added together.

Any of the methods that used + or array_sum ended up rounding the result to 2 digits after the decimal point, while (most of) the ones using preg_replace or substr and . kept all the digits.

For accurate timing, since floating-point arithmetic would lose precision, I stored microtime results as-is and calculated time difference with this function:
<?php
function microtime_used($before,$after) {
    return (
substr($after,11)-substr($before,11))
        +(
substr($after,0,9)-substr($before,0,9));
}
?>

For further information, the script itself, etc, see http://edorfaus.xepher.net/div/convert-method-test.php
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Robin Leffmann
6 years ago
While doing some experiments on using microtime()'s output for an entropy generator I found that its microsecond value was always quantified to the nearest hundreds (i.e. the number ends with 00), which affected the randomness of the entropy generator. This output pattern was consistent on three separate machines, running OpenBSD, Mac OS X and Windows.

The solution was to instead use gettimeofday()'s output, as its usec value followed no quantifiable pattern on any of the three test platforms.
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Nads
3 years ago
Get date time with milliseconds

$micro_date = microtime();
$date_array = explode(" ",$micro_date);
$date = date("Y-m-d H:i:s",$date_array[1]);
echo "Date: $date:" . $date_array[0];

Test accuracy by running it in a loop.
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langpavel at phpskelet dot org
5 years ago
I use this for measure duration of script execution. This function should be defined (and of couse first call made) as soon as possible.

<?php
/**
* get execution time in seconds at current point of call in seconds
* @return float Execution time at this point of call
*/
function get_execution_time()
{
    static
$microtime_start = null;
    if(
$microtime_start === null)
    {
       
$microtime_start = microtime(true);
        return
0.0;
    }   
    return
microtime(true) - $microtime_start;
}
get_execution_time();

?>

However it is true that result depends of gettimeofday() call. ([jamie at bishopston dot net] wrote this & I can confirm)
If system time change, result of this function can be unpredictable (much greater or less than zero).
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vladson at pc-labs dot info
11 years ago
I like to use bcmath for it
<?php
function micro_time() {
   
$temp = explode(" ", microtime());
    return
bcadd($temp[0], $temp[1], 6);
}

$time_start = micro_time();
sleep(1);
$time_stop = micro_time();

$time_overall = bcsub($time_stop, $time_start, 6);
echo
"Execution time - $time_overall Seconds";
?>
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Daniel Rhodes
3 years ago
But note that the default 'precision' setting of PHP* - which is used when a float is converted to a stringy format by echo()ing, casting or json_encode()ing etc - is not enough to hold the six digit accuracy of microtime(true).

Out of the box, microtime(true) will echo something like:

1377611450.1234

Which is obviously less than microsecond accuracy. You'll probably want to bump the 'precision' setting up to 16 which will echo something like:

1377611450.123456

*Internally* it will be accurate to the six digits even with the default 'precision', but a lot of things (ie. NoSQL databases) are moving to all-text representations these days so it becomes a bit more important.

* 14 at the time of writing
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