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Hi, I am new to GDScript. Been trying to look at the API but I don't seem to find anything related to date and time. How do I get the system time?

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OS.get_time() returns dictionary with three values: hour, minute and second

var timeDict = OS.get_time();
var hour = timeDict.hour;
var minute = timeDict.minute;
var seconds = timeDict.second;
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Thanks! This is exactly what I'm looking for :)

no problem :)

is it limited only up to the hour? or can we also get the date of the current time?

+5 votes

Here is a method to get it in a more curated form


var time = OS.get_time()
var time_return = String(time.hour) +":"+String(time.minute)+":"+String(time.second)
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I had a similar question. I needed the unix timestamp in milliseconds. This function was what I was looking for: https://docs.godotengine.org/en/stable/classes/class_os.html#class-os-method-get-system-time-msecs

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+2 votes

OS.get_time() was deprecated in the latest versions of Godot 3 and was removed from Godot 4.

In both Godot 3 and Godot 4, you can use the singleton Time for this task:

  • Time.get_time_dict_from_system() to get a dictionary with hour, minute, and second (same behavior as the old OS.get_time()).
  • Time.get_time_string_from_system() can be used to get a preformatted string in the format HH:MM:SS.
by (20 points)
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And Time.get_datetime_string_from_system() if you want to include date, the format is YYYY-MM-DDTHH:MM:SS.

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