Display or set the system time.

      TIME [new_time]
TIME /T key new_time : The time as HH:MM TIME with no parameters will display the current time and prompt for a new value. Pressing ENTER will keep the same time. /T : Just display the time, formatted according to the current Regional settings.

Time Formatting

In Control Panel, Regional settings a Time Appearance can be set. This can be used to change the separator, and the number of characters used to display hours and minutes.

To display the time including Seconds:

ECHO:| TIME will display the time, including seconds and hundredths of a second

The time separator and the Country Code are user settings in the registry:

The time separator can be read using REG as follows

@echo off
FOR /F "TOKENS=3" %%D IN ('REG QUERY ^"HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\International^" /v sTime ^| find ^"REG_SZ^"') DO (
        SET _time_sep=%%D)
echo %_time_sep%

To read the Country Code replace sTime in the above with iCountry.

Country Codes/Formats

The time formats for different country codes are as follows:

   Country or language   CountryCode  Date format Time format

   United States         001          01/03/1994  5:35:00.00p
   Czechoslovakia        042          03.01.1994 17:35:00 
   France                033          03.01.1994 17:35:00
   Germany               049          03.01.1994 17:35:00
   Latin America         003          03/01/1994  5:35:00.00p
   International English 061          03/01/1994 17:35:00.00
   Portugal              351          03-01-1994 17:35:00
   Finland               358          3.1.1994   17.35.00
   Switzerland           041          03.01.94   17 35.00
   Norway                047          03.01.94   17:35:00
   Belgium               032          03/01/94   17:35:00
   Brazil                055          03/01/94   17:35:00
   Italy                 039          03/01/94   17.35.00
   United Kingdom        044          03/01/94   17:35:00.00
   Denmark               045          03-01-94   17.35.00
   Netherlands           031          03-01-94   17:35:00
   Spain                 034          3/01/94    17:35:00
   Hungary               036          1994.01.03 17:35:00
   Canadian-French       002          1994-01-03 17:35:00
   Poland                048          1994-01-03 17:35:00
   Sweden                046          1994-01-03 17.35.00


If the time was successfully changed (or not given) %ERRORLEVEL% = 0
If the user lacks admin privileges = 1

TIME is an internal command. If Command Extensions are disabled TIME will not support the /T switch

“Time is like money, the less we have of it to spare, the further we make it go” - Josh Billings


%TIME% - variable containing current time
DATE - Display or change the date
NOW - Display Message with Current Date and Time
W32TM - Time Service
TZUTIL - Time Zone Utility
Timethis - Time how long it takes the system to run a command. (Win 2K ResKit)
Uptime - Time since last reboot. (Win 2K ResKit)
GetTime.cmd - Script to get current time
GMT.cmd - Current time in GMT (World Time)
Q307938 - Change Date and Time display y-M-d or yy-MM-dd or hh or HH (leading zeros/24 hour time)
Powershell: Get-Date - Get current date and time
Equivalent bash command (Linux): date - Display or change the date & time

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