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Get the number of milliseconds since SDL library initialization.


Uint32 SDL_GetTicks(void);

Return Value

Returns an unsigned 32-bit value representing the number of milliseconds since the SDL library initialized.


This value wraps if the program runs for more than ~49 days.

Code Examples

unsigned int lastTime = 0, currentTime;
while (!quit) {
  // do stuff
  // ...

  // Print a report once per second
  currentTime = SDL_GetTicks();
  if (currentTime > lastTime + 1000) {
    printf("Report: %d\n", variable);
    lastTime = currentTime;

CategoryAPI, CategoryTimer

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