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How to convert between date and Unix timestamp in Excel?

Unix timestamp is also called Epoch time or POSIX time which is wildly used in many operating systems or file formats. This tutorial is talking about the conversion between date and Unix timestamp in Excel.

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Convert date and time to timestamp

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To convert date to timestamp, a formula can work it out.

Select a blank cell and type this formula =(A1-DATE(1970,1,1))*86400 into it and press Enter key, if you need, you can apply a range with this formula by dragging the autofill handle. Now a range of date cells have been converted to Unix timestamps.
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There is a formula that can help you convert date and time to Unix timestamp.

1. Firstly, you need to type the Coordinated Universal Time into a cell, 1/1/1970. See screenshot:
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2. Then type this formula =(A1-$C$1)*86400 into a cell, press Enter key, then if you need, drag the autofill handle to a range with this formula. See screenshot:
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Tips: In the formula, A1 is the date and time cell, C1 is the coordinate universal time you typed.


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If you have a list of timestamp needed to convert to date, you can do as below steps:

1. In a blank cell next to your timestamp list and type this formula =(((A1/60)/60)/24)+DATE(1970,1,1), press Enter key, then drag the auto fill handle to a range you need.doc-convert-date-unix-4

2. Then right click the cells used the formula, and select Format Cells from the context menu, then in the popping Format Cells dialog, under Number tab, click Date in the Category list, then select the date type in the right section.
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3. Click OK, now you can see the Unix timestamps have been converted to dates.
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Tips:

1. A1 indicates the timestamp cell you need.

2. This formula also can use to convert timestamp series to date and time, just format the result to the date and time format.


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    Myles F · 1 years ago
    One thing to note is that the above is for epoch time in seconds. If you need milliseconds, you need to add a further multiplication / division by 1000. For example, converting from epoch time (milliseconds) to a date would be "=((((A1/1000)/60)/60)/24)+DATE(1970,1,1)".
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      Myles F · 1 years ago
      As a side note, the best way to tell if it's seconds or milliseconds is looking at the length of the field; if it's 10 digits, it's seconds, and if it's 13 digits, it's milliseconds. "=LEN(A1)" will tell you how long the value is.
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        Myles F · 1 years ago
        If that's too much manual work for you (or you have a list that's mixed between seconds and milliseconds), then you can use the following formula to automatically switch between seconds and milliseconds based on the length of the cell: "=((A1/86400)/IF(LEN(A1)=13,1000,1))+DATE(1970,1,1)".
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    Lilian · 1 years ago
    I followed your instructions here, but I get ########## in my excel file. I formatted it to date time. Any suggestions?
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      Boe · 1 years ago
      Had the same problem, but I figured it out. The cell has to have number format, not date format...
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      fuad · 1 years ago
      yeah me too, I got the same problem
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      The Slenderman · 1 years ago
      Normally you see ########## if there's too much information to display for how big you have your cells. Enlarge your cell size and see if that resolves the issue.
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      Sunny · 1 years ago
      Excuse me, could you tell me which part did not work in your file? Could you upload the detail screenshot for me to have a look?
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        Scott Miller · 1 years ago
        Goggle for "excel convert timestamp to date". Google, grabbing the first answer which is for date to timestamp, gives the answer of "=(A1-DATE(1970,1,1))*86400", which is what Sunny was probably doing. Only if you actually read the content of this page does it become obvious that the actual formula should be something else. To keep the time portion of the timestamp, the formula should be this for UTC "=(A1+DATE(1970,1,1)*86400)/86400". For US Central time, "=(F2+DATE(1970,1,1)*86400-21600)/86400"
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    Andrey · 2 years ago
    Thank you!

    (Your comment is too short! - it was responce to my first line, so I just add this junk :P )
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      VAS · 1 years ago
      Using =(((((G2/1000)/60)/60)-8)/24)+DATE(1970,1,1) for PST