The method returns a DOMHighResTimeStamp, measured in milliseconds, accurate to five thousandths of a millisecond (5 microseconds).

The returned value represents the time elapsed since the time origin (the PerformanceTiming.navigationStart property). In a web worker, the time origin is the time that its execution context (e.g. thread or process) is created. In a window, it is the time that the user navigated (or confirmed navigation, if confirmation was needed) to the current document. Bear in mind the following points:

  • In dedicated workers created from a Window context, the value in the worker will be lower than in the window who spawned that worker. It used to be the same as t0 of the main context, but this was changed.
  • In shared or service workers, the value in the worker might be higher than that of the main context because that window can be created after those workers.


t =;


var t0 =;
var t1 =;
console.log("Call to doSomething took " + (t1 - t0) + " milliseconds.");

Unlike other timing data available to JavaScript (for example, the timestamps returned by are not limited to one-millisecond resolution. Instead, they represent times as floating-point numbers with up to microsecond precision.

Also unlike, the values returned by always increase at a constant rate, independent of the system clock (which might be adjusted manually or skewed by software like NTP). Otherwise, performance.timing.navigationStart + will be approximately equal to


Specification Status Comment
High Resolution Time Level 2
The definition of '' in that specification.
Candidate Recommendation Stricter definitions of interfaces and types.
High Resolution Time
The definition of '' in that specification.
Recommendation Initial definition

Browser compatibility

Feature Chrome Edge Firefox (Gecko) Internet Explorer Opera Safari
Basic support 20.0 webkit
24.0 [1]
(Yes) 15.0 (15.0) 10.0 15.0 8.0
on Web workers 33 ? 34.0 (34.0) ? ? ?
now() in a dedicated worker is now separate from the main context's now(). ? ? 45.0 (45.0) ? ? ?
Feature Android Android Webview Edge Firefox Mobile (Gecko) IE Mobile Opera Mobile Safari Mobile Chrome for Android
Basic support 4.0 25.0 (Yes) 15.0 (15.0) 10.0 No support 9 25.0
on Web workers ? (Yes) ? 34.0 (34.0) ? ? ? (Yes)
now() in a dedicated worker is now separate from the main context's now(). ? ? ? 45.0 (45.0) ? ? ? ?

[1] Windows versions of Chrome 20 through 33 return only to millisecond precision.

See also