Measure time elapsed in Python?


Question

What I want is to start counting time somewhere in my code and then get the passed time, to measure the time it took to execute few function. I think I'm using the timeit module wrong, but the docs are just confusing for me.

import timeit

start = timeit.timeit()
print "hello"
end = timeit.timeit()
print end - start
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5/2/2013 5:13:10 AM

If you just want to measure the elapsed wall-clock time between two points, you could use time.time():

import time

start = time.time()
print("hello")
end = time.time()
print(end - start)

This gives the execution time in seconds.

Another option since 3.3 might be to use perf_counter or process_time, depending on your requirements. Before 3.3 it was recommended to use time.clock (thanks Amber). However, it is currently deprecated:

On Unix, return the current processor time as a floating point number expressed in seconds. The precision, and in fact the very definition of the meaning of “processor time”, depends on that of the C function of the same name.

On Windows, this function returns wall-clock seconds elapsed since the first call to this function, as a floating point number, based on the Win32 function QueryPerformanceCounter(). The resolution is typically better than one microsecond.

Deprecated since version 3.3: The behaviour of this function depends on the platform: use perf_counter() or process_time() instead, depending on your requirements, to have a well defined behaviour.

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