C Reference Time type time_t

The time type (time_t) is capable of representing times and it also support arithmetical operations.

The time function will return this type. It is also used by some other functions of the time.h header file.

It represents the number of seconds elapsed since 00:00 hours, Jan 1, 1970 UTC. Also called EPOCH time (Unix time stamp). It is widely implemented in the C libraries across ALL platforms.

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