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Anyone know how to convert a Unix timestamp that looks like this - 1291668351 - into regular time using javascript? Preferably a bookmarklet?

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Re: Convert Unix Timestamp to regular time?

Here's some code to convert a Unix timestamp into your own time. And since this is a Beginner's site, I'll also show how to add it to your bookmarks for those that may not already know.
  1. In Firefox, click your Bookmarks menu and click on "Organize bookmarks" (or CTRL+SHIFT+B)

  2. Click on "New bookmark..." and save it on your bookmarks toolbar

  3. Type in some name for the new bookmarklet, like "Unix Timestamp Converter", in the Name field (Fig-1)

  4. In the Location field, paste the javascript code below ...

(Fig-1)
javascript bookmarklet unix timestamp converter

To return the normal time info (Fig-3), paste in this code:

javascript:ts = prompt("Unix timestamp:"); date = new Date(ts*1000); alert(date);

Next time you want to convert just click your bookmarklet, paste (or type if you're crazy) the Unix timestamp into the dialog box and click the OK button. (Fig-2)

(Fig-2)
javascript bookmarklet unix timestamp converter

The Result ...

(Fig-3)
unix timestamp converter

If you want to have the time info returned in Universal time (Fig-4), you could use this code instead:

javascript:ts = prompt("Unix timestamp:"); date = new Date(ts*1000); alert(date.toUTCString()); 

(Fig-4)
convert unix timestamp

For more formatting of the output you can check out PHP.net or this page.

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Re: Convert Unix Timestamp to regular time?

Thanks! I'm kind of a newb when it comes to writing javascript...how can I format it to look more like a digital clock? Like 12 hour format?

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Re: Convert Unix Timestamp to regular time?
econtent wrote:

Thanks! I'm kind of a newb when it comes to writing javascript...how can I format it to look more like a digital clock? Like 12 hour format?

No problem, that's why we're here. Smile That link I added at the bottom shows more formatting choices, but here's an example:

Adding .format("M jS, Y g:i:s a") to the Date variable will cause it to spit out a format like this:

convert unix timestamps

To get that, you can use this code:

javascript:ts = prompt("Unix timestamp:"); date = new Date(ts*1000); alert(date.format('"M jS, Y g:i:s a"));



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Re: Convert Unix Timestamp to regular time?

PERFECT! Thanks So much! You rock!

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