Is there a way for a contract to be able to get the exact time someone called a function in it?

For example, if someone sends funds to the contract address, is there a timestamp recorded by the blockchain that would give the received time of this transaction?

And if so, how would I get this value in Solidity and would the timestamp of this transaction be modifiable by the user in any kind of way once it is sent?


A Transaction doesn't have a timestamp. However, Every block provides a timestamp(when it was collected), but if the time is critical for you don't refer to this timestamp because a miner could modify it by about 900s you could use instead block.number.

1- current block timestamp is returned by now :


contract Test {
    function Time_call() returns (uint256){
        return now;

Time_call will returns something like : 1478431966 (which you could convert in a readble form in http://www.unixtimestamp.com/)

2- block Number is returned using block.number

 function Time_call() returns (uint256){
        return block.number; 

to get the call time you could use the block.number and the block time (an avarage)

Edit: if you want when the transaction was sent use javascript in your Dapp to get the current time var seconds = new Date().getTime() / 1000; and send it in the data field withing your transaction.

  • @Badr_Bellaj if I am not mistaking, this returns the timestamp of the block and not of the time the transaction was received/sent. Am I correct? Because what I need is to get the time the transaction was sent not the time it was executed at. – Pabi Nov 6 '16 at 13:18
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    it is impossible to get when the transaction was sent, there is no timestamp in the transaction. besides, we don't know how time it was on the pool or when it was signed. However you could write a dapp using web3js which send such information withing the transaction. – Badr Bellaj Nov 6 '16 at 13:27
  • check the edit for more details – Badr Bellaj Nov 6 '16 at 13:39
  • @Badr_Bellaj How do you then interact with data in the data field in solidity? – Pabi Nov 6 '16 at 13:41
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    by using msg.data – Badr Bellaj Nov 6 '16 at 13:53

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