Environment.TickCount Environment.TickCount Environment.TickCount Environment.TickCount Property

Definition

Gets the number of milliseconds elapsed since the system started.

public:
 static property int TickCount { int get(); };
public static int TickCount { get; }
member this.TickCount : int
Public Shared ReadOnly Property TickCount As Integer
Property Value

A 32-bit signed integer containing the amount of time in milliseconds that has passed since the last time the computer was started.

Examples

The following example demonstrates how to retrieve the positive range of values returned by the TickCount property. The TickCount property cycles between Int32.MinValue, which is a negative number, and Int32.MaxValue once every 49.8 days. This code sample removes the sign bit to yield a nonnegative number that cycles between zero and MaxValue once every 24.9 days.

// Sample for the Environment::TickCount property
// TickCount cycles between Int32::MinValue, which is a negative 
// number, and Int32::MaxValue once every 49.8 days. This sample
// removes the sign bit to yield a nonnegative number that cycles 
// between zero and Int32::MaxValue once every 24.9 days.
using namespace System;
int main()
{
   int result = Environment::TickCount & Int32::MaxValue;
   Console::WriteLine( "TickCount: {0}", result );
}

/*
This example produces the following results:

TickCount: 101931139
*/
// Sample for the Environment.TickCount property.

// TickCount cycles between Int32.MinValue, which is a negative 
// number, and Int32.MaxValue once every 49.8 days. This sample
// removes the sign bit to yield a nonnegative number that cycles 
// between zero and Int32.MaxValue once every 24.9 days.

using System;

class Sample 
{
    public static void Main() 
    {
    int result = Environment.TickCount & Int32.MaxValue;
    Console.WriteLine("TickCount: {0}", result);
    }
}
/*
This example produces the following results:

TickCount: 101931139
*/

' Sample for the Environment.TickCount property.
' TickCount cycles between Int32.MinValue, which is a negative 
' number, and Int32.MaxValue once every 49.8 days. This sample
' removes the sign bit to yield a nonnegative number that cycles 
' between zero and Int32.MaxValue once every 24.9 days.

Imports System

Class Sample
   Public Shared Sub Main()
      Dim result As Integer = Environment.TickCount And Int32.MaxValue

      Console.WriteLine("TickCount: {0}", result)
   End Sub 'Main
End Class 'Sample
'
'This example produces the following results:
'
'TickCount: 101931139
'

Remarks

The value of this property is derived from the system timer and is stored as a 32-bit signed integer. Note that, because it is derived from the system timer, the resolution of the TickCount property is limited to the resolution of the system timer, which is typically in the range of 10 to 16 milliseconds.

Important

Because the value of the TickCount property value is a 32-bit signed integer, if the system runs continuously, TickCount will increment from zero to Int32.MaxValue for approximately 24.9 days, then jump to Int32.MinValue, which is a negative number, then increment back to zero during the next 24.9 days. You can work around this issue by calling the Windows GetTickCount function, which resets to zero after approximately 49.7 days, or by calling the GetTickCount64 function.

TickCount is different from the DateTime.Ticks property, which is the number of 100-nanosecond intervals that have elapsed since 1/1/0001, 12:00am.

Use the DateTime.Now property to obtain the current local date and time on this computer.

Applies to