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Function: float llGetTime( );

Returns a float that is script time in seconds with subsecond precision since the script started, was last reset, or call to either llResetTime or llGetAndResetTime.


Script time matches normal time, it is unaffected by time dilation. For example, if you call llResetTime on two objects in separate simulators at the same time, and later call llGetTime on both at the same time, their values will be equal regardless of differences in dilation.


  • Script time resets when...
  • Script time measures real world time, it is unaffected by time dilation.
  • Due to (32bit) floating point number limitations, The accuracy of this function is at least 1/32sec up to ~3 days, 1/16sec up to ~6 days, etc... doubling each time up to only 1sec at ~192 days. Use llResetTime or llGetAndResetTime whenever practical to maintain the accuracy you require.
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default {
    touch_start(integer num_touch)
        float time = llGetTime(); //Instead getting, and then resetting the time, we could use llGetAndReset() to accomplish the same thing.
        llSay(0,(string)time + " seconds have elapsed since the last touch." );
// Distinguish between a single click and a double click

float gHoldTime;

    touch_start(integer total_number)
        float now = llGetTime();
        if (now - gHoldTime < 0.3)
            llSay(PUBLIC_CHANNEL,"Double clicked");
            // Trigger one sequence of actions
        gHoldTime = now;
        if (llGetTime()-gHoldTime > 0.3)
            llSay(PUBLIC_CHANNEL,"Single clicked.");
            // Trigger a different sequence of actions
//  To do time-dependant loops of whatever:
//  for example move 2 meters within 5.0 seconds

float time = 5.0;
float i;
    i = llGetTime()/time;
    // move2meters*i
while (llGetTime() < time);


Script time is the amount of real-world time that the script has been in a running state. It is unaffected by time dilation, but it does not count time while the script is suspended, the user is offline (when in an attachment), the object is in inventory rather than rezzed, etc.

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function float llGetTime();