How to Get System Uptime on Linux and Windows OSes

How to find out Linux and Windows uptime is introduced in this post.

Linux uptime

Linux uptime can be easily found out by the uptime command:

$ uptime
22:19:29 up 10 days, 22:26,  5 users,  load average: 0.00, 0.00, 0.00

The system is up for 10 days, 22 hours and 26 minutes.

uptime gives a one line display of the following information. The current time, how long the system has been running, how many users are currently logged on, and the system load averages for the past 1, 5, and 15 minutes.

The current date and time can be found out by date command:

$ date
Thu Dec  9 22:30:18 HKT 2010

Windows uptime

Get Windows uptime from graphical tool: Task Manager

Open the task manager’s Peformance tab and you can find the uptime field as follows.


Get Windows uptime from command line

Start command line by running “cmd”:


Run comand

systeminfo | find "Boot Time"

and it will print the date and time of the system boot time of Windows.

You can then calculate the up time by getting the current date and time and calculating the difference.

date /T && time /T
Alternative method to find system boot time of Windows:

write the following command in the command line:

net statistics server

Or for short

net stats srv

A sample output is:

I:>net statistics server
Server Statistics for W2KPGTS

Statistics since 12/2/2010 9:06 AM

Sessions accepted                  2
Sessions timed-out                 0
Sessions errored-out               0

Kilobytes sent                     9724
Kilobytes received                 2716

Mean response time (msec)          0

System errors                      0
Permission violations              0
Password violations                12

Files accessed                     947
Communication devices accessed     0
Print jobs spooled                 0

Times buffers exhausted

Big buffers                      0
Request buffers                  0

The command completed successfully.

The line that start with “Statistics since …” provides the time that the server was up from.

Eric Zhiqiang Ma

Eric is interested in building high-performance and scalable distributed systems and related technologies. The views or opinions expressed here are solely Eric's own and do not necessarily represent those of any third parties.

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