Time stamp

Updated: 04/26/2017 by Computer Hope

Term used to describe a time that is printed to a file or other location to help keep track of when data is added, removed, sent, received, etc. Below are some examples of how a time stamp may be used and where.

In the example below, the time and date stamp are of when that particular news article was posted. Many web pages that have several updates a day will post a time or date stamp to let users know when something was posted.

Net Attack Aimed at Banking Data

Submitted Friday, July 02, 2004 @ 08:11 AM

In the example below, you can see that MS-DOS, like every other operating system, has a time stamp and date stamp of when the file was last modified.

06/21/1998 09:35p 6,815 ch.gif

  • Date stamp - Similar to the time stamp, the date stamp is the date printed to file or other location.

Date, Time, Y2k