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Current date and time as number of seconds

Note: Many $functions have been deprecated in favor of Object Oriented methods. The OO equivalent of $Sir_DateNS is CurrentTimeSeconds.

The $Sir_DateNS function has no arguments and returns the number of seconds since 1 January, 1900.


%num = $Sir_DateNS

Syntax terms

%num Set to the number of seconds from 1 Jan 1900 12:00 AM to the current date and time.

Usage notes

  • $Sir_DateNS has no error conditions.
  • Values returned by $Sir_DateNS will exceed the range that can be represented in a 4-byte integer, so you should probably avoid storing the value in a BINARY or FLOAT4 field.
  • To obtain the current date and time in a readable form, use $Sir_Date.
  • To convert the number of seconds to a readable form, use $Sir_NS2Date.


The following fragment will print the date and time 1 minute from the current time:

Print $Sir_NS2Date($Sir_DateNS + 60, 'MM/DD/YY HH:MI:SS')

Products authorizing $Sir_DateNS