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C# / .NET - get current machine time in microseconds

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C# / .NET it is possible to take machine time in microseconds in following way.

Getting micro time with Stopwatch.GetTimestamp method example

public static class TimeUtils
	public static long GetMicroseconds()
		double timestamp = Stopwatch.GetTimestamp();
		double microseconds = 1_000_000.0 * timestamp / Stopwatch.Frequency;

		return (long)microseconds;


long t1 = TimeUtils.GetMicroseconds();


long t2 = TimeUtils.GetMicroseconds();
long dt = t2 - t1;

Console.WriteLine(t2 + " - " + t1 + " = " + dt + " us");


196740354043 - 196739353217 = 1000826 us
  • Stopwatch.GetTimestamp returns time from timer mechanism - system up time.
  • The best application of this time could be measuring how much time took some operations.


  1. Stopwatch.GetTimestamp Method - Microsoft Docs
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