C# Convert TimeSpan to LongConvert a TimeSpan into to a long and back again with Ticks and FromTicks.
Convert TimeSpan, Long.
TimeSpan and long are the same number of bytes. It is possible to store a TimeSpan as a long. This can be done with the Ticks property on TimeSpan. It is easier to persist a long in storage.Long
In this program, we get two DateTimes. The first one is for "now." The second is for a day ago. Then we get the difference as a TimeSpan instance. Next, we convert that TimeSpan into a long Ticks.
Finally: We convert that long Ticks back into a TimeSpan, showing that you can round-trip longs and TimeSpans.
C# program that converts TimeSpan to long
static void Main()
// Difference between today and yesterday.
DateTime yesterday = DateTime.Now.Subtract(TimeSpan.FromDays(1));
DateTime now = DateTime.Now;
TimeSpan diff = now.Subtract(yesterday);
// TimeSpan can be represented as a long [ticks].
long ticks = diff.Ticks;
// You can convert a long [ticks] back into TimeSpan.
TimeSpan ts = TimeSpan.FromTicks(ticks);
// Note: long and TimeSpan are the same number of bytes .
In the unsafe context, the program shows that a long is 8 bytes and a TimeSpan is also 8 bytes. Therefore, it is logical for one to fit in the other. It may be easier to write a long to a file or a database.SizeofTimeSpan
We saw how it is possible to convert from a TimeSpan and a long using the Ticks property and also the FromTicks method. By providing a long representation, the TimeSpan becomes more useful for external systems.
Because: External systems often support simple numeric types better than struct types.
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