I read around about the differences between time, blocktime and timereceived, but one question remains. Although I assume all times are UTC, I haven't seen that mentioning specifically anywhere.

Does anybody know which timezone the times in the bitcoin blockchain are formatted in? And does this also account for timereceived, or is that local?


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All timestamps are in UNIX format, that is: the number of seconds since januari 1st 1970, 0:00 UTC.


The times that you are looking at are using a format known as unix time or Epoch time. It is represented as the seconds since 00:00:00 UTC on 1st of January 1970.

Most programming languages have classes dedicated to format them into human readable times. For example in python you can use datetime.

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