Objective-c – How to get a precise time, for example in milliseconds in Objective-C


Is there an easy way to get a time very precisely?

I need to calculate some delays between method calls. More specifically, I want to calculate the speed of scrolling in an UIScrollView.

Best Solution

NSDate and the timeIntervalSince* methods will return a NSTimeInterval which is a double with sub-millisecond accuracy. NSTimeInterval is in seconds, but it uses the double to give you greater precision.

In order to calculate millisecond time accuracy, you can do:

// Get a current time for where you want to start measuring from
NSDate *date = [NSDate date];

// do work...

// Find elapsed time and convert to milliseconds
// Use (-) modifier to conversion since receiver is earlier than now
double timePassed_ms = [date timeIntervalSinceNow] * -1000.0;

Documentation on timeIntervalSinceNow.

There are many other ways to calculate this interval using NSDate, and I would recommend looking at the class documentation for NSDate which is found in NSDate Class Reference.