The HTML <time> element represents either a time on a 24-hour clock or a precise date in the Gregorian calendar (with optional time and timezone information).

Content categories Flow content, phrasing content, palpable content.
Permitted content Phrasing content.
Tag omission None; both the starting and ending tags are mandatory.
Permitted parents Any element that accepts phrasing content.
Permitted ARIA roles Any
DOM interface HTMLTimeElement


Like all other HTML elements, this element supports the global attributes.

This attribute indicates the time and date of the element and must be a valid date with an optional time string. If the value cannot be parsed as a date with an optional time string, the element does not have an associated time stamp.

Usage notes

This element is for presenting dates and times in a machine readable format. For example, this can help a user agent offer to add an event to a user's calendar.

This element is not appropriate for instances where a specific date cannot be calculated, nor should it be used for dates prior to the introduction of the Gregorian calendar (due to complications in calculating those dates).


Simple example


<p>The concert starts at <time>20:00</time>.</p>


datetime example


<p>The concert took place on <time
  datetime="2001-05-15T19:00">May 15</time>.</p>



Specification Status Comment
HTML Living Standard
The definition of '<time>' in that specification.
Living Standard No change from HTML 5.1
HTML 5.1
The definition of '<time>' in that specification.
Recommendation No change from HTML5
The definition of '<time>' in that specification.
Recommendation Initial definition.

Browser compatibility

Feature Chrome Edge Firefox (Gecko) Internet Explorer Opera Safari
Basic support ? (Yes) 22.0 (22.0) 9.0 22.0 7.0
Feature Android Chrome for Android Edge Firefox Mobile (Gecko) IE Mobile Opera Mobile Safari Mobile
Basic support 2.1 ? (Yes) 22.0 (22.0) 10.0 11.50
Removed in 15.0

See also

  • The <data> element, allowing to signal other kind of values.