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ABOUT TIME.GOV

This website is provided by the Time and Frequency Division of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST).
The reference for the time shown is UTC(NIST), which is the coordinated universal time scale maintained at NIST.
UTC(NIST) serves as a national standard for frequency, time interval and time-of-day for the United States.

How it works

When a user connects to www.time.gov on a computer or mobile device, the Javascript in the client's browser checks the local clock on the device and then requests the time from a NIST server, which has been synchronized with UTC(NIST). When the packets containing the NIST time stamp arrive at the client's browser, the device clock is checked again and compared to the first check of the local clock. The result is a measurement the round-trip delay of requesting/receiving the time stamp. It is estimated that one-half of the round-trip delay happens in each direction. The time on the clocks shown on the web page have been corrected for the estimated one-way path delay of the timestamp from the server to the client and the server delay. Your device's clock is also shown, with the error compared to NIST time.

Non-traceability

This website is intended as a time-of-day service only. After receiving the initial timestamp, the time on the running clocks shown is based on the local computer oscillator, so it should not be used to measure frequency or time interval, nor should it be used to establish traceability to NIST.

Saving Settings - 24 hour clock display

If you would like to make the site default to a 24-hour clock, you can click the box next to  "24 Hour Clock Display" and save a bookmark of the page.  

Improper Use

It is not appropriate to generate your own software to use the functionality of this site, timestamps, server clock, etc.
NO outside applications are permitted to use any of the functionality of this site and this type of use will be blocked.

Setting Your Computer Clock

Many operating systems have time synchronization running periodically, if the device is connected to the Internet. Also, you can download software from NIST and other sources in order to use the Internet to automatically set your computer clock to the correct time using the Network Time Protocol (NTP). Mobile phones usually set their clocks periodically according to the time kept at the nearest cellular base station.

Additional Information

For questions about Daylight Saving Time (DST), a.m./p.m., noon/midnight and UTC, check the NIST Time Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ). For time zone offsets around the world, please view our world time zone map.

Comments

Please send any comments or questions to: timeinfo@nist.gov
However, due to the volume of email we receive, we cannot always respond to each one individually.

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Created December 23, 2019, Updated March 9, 2020