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Defined in header <ctime>
double difftime( std::time_t time_end, std::time_t time_beg );

Computes difference between two calendar times as std::time_t objects (time_end - time_beg) in seconds. If time_end refers to time point before time_beg then the result is negative.

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[edit] Parameters

time_beg, time_end - times to compare

[edit] Return value

Difference between two times in seconds.

[edit] Notes

On POSIX systems, std::time_t is measured in seconds, and difftime is equivalent to arithmetic subtraction, but C and C++ allow fractional units for time_t.

[edit] Example

#include <iostream>
#include <ctime>
 
int main()
{
    std::time_t start = std::time(NULL);
    volatile double d;
 
    // some time-consuming operation
    for (int n=0; n<10000; ++n) {
        for (int m=0; m<100000; ++m) {
           d += d*n*m;
        }
    }
 
    std::cout << "Wall time passed: "
              << std::difftime(std::time(NULL), start) << " s.\n";
}

Output:

Wall time passed: 7 s.

[edit] See also

(C++11)
a time interval
(class template) [edit]
C documentation for difftime