DateTime.FromFileTime Method

[ This article is for Windows Phone 8 developers. If you’re developing for Windows 10, see the latest documentation. ]

Converts the specified Windows file time to an equivalent local time.

Namespace: System
Assembly: mscorlib (in mscorlib.dll)


Public Shared Function FromFileTime ( _
    fileTime As Long _
) As DateTime
public static DateTime FromFileTime(
    long fileTime


Return Value

Type: System..::.DateTime
An object that represents a local time that is equivalent to the date and time represented by the fileTime parameter.


Exception Condition

fileTime is less than 0 or represents a time greater than DateTime..::.MaxValue.


A Windows file time is a 64-bit value that represents the number of 100-nanosecond intervals that have elapsed since 12:00 midnight, January 1, 1601 A.D. (C.E.) Coordinated Universal Time (UTC). Windows uses a file time to record when an application creates, accesses, or writes to a file.

The fileTime parameter specifies a file time expressed in 100-nanosecond ticks.

The return value is a DateTime whose Kind property is DateTimeKind..::.Local.

Notes to Callers

Ordinarily, the FromFileTime method restores a DateTime value that was saved by the ToFileTime method. However, the two values may differ under the following conditions:

  • If the serialization and deserialization of the DateTime value occur in different time zones. For example, if a DateTime value with a time of 12:30 P.M. in the U.S. Eastern Time zone is serialized, and then deserialized in the U.S. Pacific Time zone, the original value of 12:30 PM is adjusted to 9:30 A.M. to reflect the difference between the two time zones.

  • If the DateTime value that is serialized represents an invalid time in the local time zone. In this case, the ToFileTime method adjusts the restored DateTime value so that it represents a valid time in the local time zone.

    For example, the transition from standard time to daylight saving time occurs in the U.S. Pacific Time zone on March 14, 2010, at 2:00 A.M., when the time advances by one hour, to 3:00 A.M. This hour interval is an invalid time, that is, a time interval that does not exist in this time zone. The following example shows that when a time that falls within this range is converted to a long integer value by the ToFileTime method and is then restored by the FromFileTime method, the original value is adjusted to become a valid time. You can determine whether a particular date and time value may be subject to modification by passing it to the TimeZoneInfo..::.IsInvalidTime method, as the example illustrates.

    Module Example
       Public Sub Demo(ByVal outputBlock As System.Windows.Controls.TextBlock)
          Dim date1 As New DateTime(2010, 3, 14, 2, 30, 0)
          outputBlock.Text += String.Format("Invalid Time: {0}", TimeZoneInfo.Local.IsInvalidTime(date1)) & vbCrLf
          Dim ft As Long = date1.ToFileTime()
          Dim date2 As DateTime = DateTime.FromFileTime(ft)
          outputBlock.Text += String.Format("{0} -> {1}", date1, date2) & vbCrLf
       End Sub
    End Module
    ' The example displays the following output:
    '       Invalid Time: True
    '       3/14/2010 2:30:00 AM -> 3/14/2010 3:30:00 AM
    using System;
    public class Example
       public static void Demo(System.Windows.Controls.TextBlock outputBlock)
          DateTime date1 = new DateTime(2010, 3, 14, 2, 30, 00);
          outputBlock.Text += String.Format("Invalid Time: {0}",
                            TimeZoneInfo.Local.IsInvalidTime(date1)) + "\n";
          long ft = date1.ToFileTime();
          DateTime date2 = DateTime.FromFileTime(ft);
          outputBlock.Text += String.Format("{0} -> {1}", date1, date2) + "\n";
    // The example displays the following output:
    //       Invalid Time: True
    //       3/14/2010 2:30:00 AM -> 3/14/2010 3:30:00 AM


The following example demonstrates the FromFileTime method.

Public Function FileAge(ByVal fileCreationTime As Long) As System.TimeSpan
   Dim now As System.DateTime
   now = System.DateTime.Now

      Dim fCreationTime As System.DateTime
      Dim fAge As System.TimeSpan
      fCreationTime = System.DateTime.FromFileTime(fileCreationTime)
      fAge = now.Subtract(fCreationTime)
      Return fAge
   Catch exp As ArgumentOutOfRangeException
      ' fileCreationTime is not valid, so re-throw the exception.
   End Try
End Function
public System.TimeSpan FileAge(long fileCreationTime)

   System.DateTime now = System.DateTime.Now;
      System.DateTime fCreationTime =
      System.TimeSpan fileAge = now.Subtract(fCreationTime);
      return fileAge;
   catch (ArgumentOutOfRangeException)
      // fileCreationTime is not valid, so re-throw the exception.

Version Information

Windows Phone OS

Supported in: 8.1, 8.0, 7.1, 7.0


Windows Phone

See Also


DateTime Structure

System Namespace