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Gets the current value of the system realtime clock in nanoseconds since Jan 1, 1970 in Universal Coordinated Time (UTC).

Header File

Defined in <SDL3/SDL_time.h>


int SDL_GetCurrentTime(SDL_Time *ticks);

Function Parameters

SDL_Time * ticks the SDL_Time to hold the returned tick count.

Return Value

(int) Returns 0 on success or -1 on error; call SDL_GetError() for more information.


This function is available since SDL 3.0.0.

CategoryAPI, CategoryAPIFunction, CategoryTime

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