iOS Swift - Get the Current Local Time and Date Timestamp


I'm trying to make an attendance app and I am really confused about date and time in iOS and Firebase.

I use date as Key, this is the structure of my Firebase database.

          Name: John
              Timein: 8:00 AM
              Timeout: 5:00 PM
              BreakStart: 12:00 PM
              BreakFinish: 1:00 PM

This is my code to get the date timestamp I used as Key

 override func viewDidLoad() {

     let now = NSDate()
     let nowTimeStamp = self.getCurrentTimeStampWOMiliseconds(dateToConvert: now)

     // I save this dateToday as Key in Firebase
     dateToday = nowTimeStamp

func getCurrentTimeStampWOMiliseconds(dateToConvert: NSDate) -> String {
    let objDateformat: DateFormatter = DateFormatter()
    objDateformat.dateFormat = "yyyy-MM-dd"
    let strTime: String = objDateformat.string(from: dateToConvert as Date)
    let objUTCDate: NSDate = strTime)! as NSDate
    let milliseconds: Int64 = Int64(objUTCDate.timeIntervalSince1970)
    let strTimeStamp: String = "\(milliseconds)"
    return strTimeStamp

But when I convert it back to date I get 2017-09-22 16:00:00 +0000, which is wrong because it is 23rd of September in my location.

What is the right code to use so that I can get the correct date timestamp and time timestamp?

This question is tagged with ios swift date firebase timestamp

~ Asked on 2017-09-23 06:38:42

The Best Answer is


For saving Current time to firebase database I use Unic Epoch Conversation:

let timestamp = NSDate().timeIntervalSince1970

and For Decoding Unix Epoch time to Date().

let myTimeInterval = TimeInterval(timestamp)
let time = NSDate(timeIntervalSince1970: TimeInterval(myTimeInterval))

~ Answered on 2017-09-24 13:50:14


If you just want the unix timestamp, create an extension:

extension Date {
    func currentTimeMillis() -> Int64 {
        return Int64(self.timeIntervalSince1970 * 1000)

Then you can use it just like in other programming languages:

let timestamp = Date().currentTimeMillis()

~ Answered on 2018-10-09 20:03:27

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