Rust program to get the current timestamp

Rust | Date & Time Example: Write a program to get the current timestamp.
Submitted by Nidhi, on November 06, 2021

Problem Solution:

In this program, we will get the current timestamp using the timestamp() method and print the result.

Add Chrono date-time external library to your project

  1. Create your project using the below command.
    $cargo new datetime -bin
  2. Goto the project folder cd datetime and edit Cargo.toml file.
    $datetime>nano Cargo.toml
  3. Then add dependency in Cargo.toml file
    chrono = "0.4"
  4. After that, build your project using the below command
    $datetime>cargo build
  5. Then execute your project after modification in src/ source file.
    $datetime>cargo run

Program/Source Code:

The source code to get the current timestamp is given below. The given program is compiled and executed on UBUNTU 18.04 successfully.

// Rust program to get the current timestamp

use chrono::prelude::*;

fn main() {
    let now = Utc::now();
    let ts: i64 = now.timestamp();
    println!("Current timestamp is: {}", ts);


$datetime> cargo run
   Compiling datetime v0.1.0 (/home/arvind/Desktop/rust/datetime)
    Finished dev [unoptimized + debuginfo] target(s) in 0.29s
     Running `target/debug/datetime`

Current timestamp is: 1634965585


In the above program, we imported the "Chrono" library to our project for performing date and time operations. We imported the Chrono library using the below line:

use chrono::prelude::*;

In the main() function, we got the current date and time using the Utc::now() method and converted the date-time into timestamp using the timestamp() method. After that, we printed the timestamp.

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