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Returns the server's Unix time.

timestamp = GetServerTime()


number - Time in seconds since the epoch.


  • Unix time does not change no matter in which time zone you are in, making it useful for tracking and sorting dated information. This API returns the server's Unix timestamp which should be the same value as time(). Using the server's Unix timestamp is more preferable since this is synchronized between clients. The local machine's clock could possibly have been manually changed and might also be off by a few seconds if not recently synced.


When in a EU time zone CEST (UTC+2) and playing on Moon Guard US, CDT (UTC-5). The examples were taken at the same time.

-- unix time
time()                             -- 1596157547
GetServerTime())                   -- 1596157549
C_DateAndTime.GetServerTimeLocal() -- 1596139440 unix time offset by UTC (e.g. minus 5 hours)
-- local time
date()                             --  "Fri Jul 31 03:05:47 2020"
-- realm time
GetGameTime()                          -- 20, 4
C_DateAndTime.GetCurrentCalendarTime() -- hour:20, minute:4

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