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Current date and time as date vector


c = clock



c = clock returns a six-element date vector containing the current date and time in decimal form:

[year month day hour minute seconds]


collapse all

Use clock to return the current date and time.

format shortg
c = clock
c = 
         2017            2           24           12            9       5.8243

The sixth element of the date vector output (seconds) is accurate to several digits beyond the decimal point.

Use the fix function to round to integer display format.

ans = 
        2017           2          24          12           9           5


  • To time the duration of an event, use the timeit or tic and toc functions instead of clock and etime. The clock function is based on the system time, which can be adjusted periodically by the operating system, and thus might not be reliable in time comparison operations.

  • To return a datetime scalar representing the current date and time, type:

    t = datetime('now')

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Introduced before R2006a

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