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sys_time_info() retrieves a set of low-level information generally not required for most date-time manipulations. It returns a data frame with the following columns:

  • begin, end: Second precision sys-times specifying the range of the current daylight saving time rule. The range is a half-open interval of [begin, end).

  • offset: A second precision duration specifying the offset from UTC.

  • dst: A logical vector specifying if daylight saving time is currently active.

  • abbreviation: The time zone abbreviation in use throughout this begin to end range.


sys_time_info(x, zone)




A sys-time.



A valid time zone name.

Unlike most functions in clock, in sys_time_info() zone is vectorized and is recycled against x.


A data frame of low level information.


If there have never been any daylight saving time transitions, the minimum supported year value is returned for begin (typically, a year value of -32767).

If daylight saving time is no longer used in a time zone, the maximum supported year value is returned for end (typically, a year value of 32767).

The offset is the bridge between sys-time and naive-time for the zone being used. The relationship of the three values is:

offset = naive_time - sys_time



x <- year_month_day(2021, 03, 14, c(01, 03), c(59, 00), c(59, 00))
x <- as_naive_time(x)
x <- as_zoned_time(x, "America/New_York")

# x[1] is in EST, x[2] is in EDT
#> <zoned_time<second><America/New_York>[2]>
#> [1] "2021-03-14T01:59:59-05:00" "2021-03-14T03:00:00-04:00"

x_sys <- as_sys_time(x)

info <- sys_time_info(x_sys, zoned_time_zone(x))
#>                 begin                 end offset   dst abbreviation
#> 1 2020-11-01T06:00:00 2021-03-14T07:00:00 -18000 FALSE          EST
#> 2 2021-03-14T07:00:00 2021-11-07T06:00:00 -14400  TRUE          EDT

# Convert `begin` and `end` to zoned-times to see the previous and
# next daylight saving time transitions
  x = x,
  begin = as_zoned_time(info$begin, zoned_time_zone(x)),
  end = as_zoned_time(info$end, zoned_time_zone(x))
#>                                             x
#> 1 2021-03-14T01:59:59-05:00[America/New_York]
#> 2 2021-03-14T03:00:00-04:00[America/New_York]
#>                                         begin
#> 1 2020-11-01T01:00:00-05:00[America/New_York]
#> 2 2021-03-14T03:00:00-04:00[America/New_York]
#>                                           end
#> 1 2021-03-14T03:00:00-04:00[America/New_York]
#> 2 2021-11-07T01:00:00-05:00[America/New_York]

# `end` can be used to iterate through daylight saving time transitions
# by repeatedly calling `sys_time_info()`
sys_time_info(info$end, zoned_time_zone(x))
#>                 begin                 end offset   dst abbreviation
#> 1 2021-03-14T07:00:00 2021-11-07T06:00:00 -14400  TRUE          EDT
#> 2 2021-11-07T06:00:00 2022-03-13T07:00:00 -18000 FALSE          EST

# Multiple `zone`s can be supplied to look up daylight saving time
# information in different time zones
zones <- c("America/New_York", "America/Los_Angeles")

info2 <- sys_time_info(x_sys[1], zones)
#>                 begin                 end offset   dst abbreviation
#> 1 2020-11-01T06:00:00 2021-03-14T07:00:00 -18000 FALSE          EST
#> 2 2020-11-01T09:00:00 2021-03-14T10:00:00 -28800 FALSE          PST

# The offset can be used to display the naive-time (i.e. the printed time)
# in both of those time zones
  zone = zones,
  naive_time = x_sys[1] + info2$offset
#>                  zone          naive_time
#> 1    America/New_York 2021-03-14T01:59:59
#> 2 America/Los_Angeles 2021-03-13T22:59:59