Adding hours minutes and seconds to a time value.

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  • #83387

    Derf User

    I have a time value such as '23:10:00' to which I need to add, say, 10:00:01, but I am not interested in the time of day, just the total. Using

    (Get-Date '23:10:00').AddHours(10)

    usually produces 07:10:00, ie the next day. How to I simply arrive at the total 30:10:01 without adding each individual part?

  • #83390

    Don Jones

    Take your $originalTime, and create $newTime by adding your days (or whatever) to it. Then subtract $newTime – $originalTime.

    The result of the subtraction will be a System.TimeSpan, which has methods for expressing the time span as hours or days or whatever you want.

  • #83395

    Derf User

    Many thanks. I tried this and there was a Timespan returned, but it just showed the total I originally added. What I need is the sum of the two. I am sorry if I am missing something very basic here.

  • #83405

    Will Prather
    (get-date).hour + 10

    That will return the hour as an integer which you could then add hours to get a running total. Without knowing the purpose of the result, it's hard to suggest other solutions.

    If you want to use a date/time object, it's concerned about the date and time, so I don't think you'll find a way without adding hours, minutes and seconds separately.

  • #83425


    How's that? It rounds it to days though. You can leave out the second [timespan].

    [timespan]'23:10:00' + [timespan]'10:00:01'
  • #83447

    Derf User

    This is workable, as I can format the TotalHours,TotalMinutes,TotalSeconds returned to a usable result. As I said earlier the result I am after here is 33:10:01 in this example. I cannot use (Get-Date) as it returns an hour from the next day if the total exceeds 24 hours.
    I have now cobbled together a working script which demonstrates what I am trying to achieve; and just for good measure there is also a subtract function:

    [Int]$h = [Int]$m = [Int]$s = 0
    function Add ([String]$test) {
       $temp = $test.Split(':')
       $SCRIPT:h+= $temp[0]
       $SCRIPT:m+= $temp[1]
       $SCRIPT:s+= $temp[2]
       if ($SCRIPT:s -gt 59) {
          [Int]$min = $SCRIPT:s/60
          [Int]$sec = $SCRIPT:s%60
          $SCRIPT:m+= $min
          $SCRIPT:s = $sec
       if ($SCRIPT:m -gt 59) {
          [Int]$hour = $SCRIPT:m/60
          [Int]$min  = $SCRIPT:m%60
          $SCRIPT:h+= $hour
          $SCRIPT:m = $min
    function Subtract ([String]$test) {
       $minus = $test.Split(':')
       if (($SCRIPT:s - [Int]$minus[2]) -lt 0) {   
          $SCRIPT:s+= (60 - [Int]$minus[2])
          [Int]$minus[1]+= 1
       } else {
          $SCRIPT:s = $SCRIPT:s - [Int]$minus[2]
       if (($SCRIPT:m - [Int]$minus[1]) -lt 0) { 
          $SCRIPT:m+= (60 - [Int]$minus[1])
          [Int]$minus[0]+= 1
       } else {
          $SCRIPT:m = $SCRIPT:m - [Int]$minus[1]
       $SCRIPT:h = $SCRIPT:h - $minus[0]
    Add '23:43:15'
    Add '00:26:25'
    Add '12:23:29'
    $result = "{0:D3}:{1:D2}:{2:D2}" -f $h, $m, $s
    Write-Host $result
    if ($result -gt '10:45:08') { #No point trying if too large a value.
       Subtract '10:45:08'
       $result = "{0:D3}:{1:D2}:{2:D2}" -f $h, $m, $s
       Write-Host $result

    If there is a simpler way I would much appreciate it if one of you experts could please enlighten me.

  • #83480

    Pradeep Arora

    This one is simpler:

    $now = Get-Date '23:10:00'
    $then = $now.AddHours(10).AddMinutes(0).AddSeconds(1)
    $timespan = $then - $now
    "{0:D3}:{1:D2}:{2:D2}" -f $hrs,$then.Minute,$then.Second
  • #83482

    $result = [timespan]'23:10:00' + '10:00:01'
    '{0:d2}:{1:d2}:{2:d2}' -f [int]$result.totalhours, $result.minutes, $result.Seconds

    [timespan]'33:10:01' is 33 days though.

  • #83539

    Derf User

    But this fails:

    $result = [timespan]'24:10:00' + '10:00:01'

    After adding a bunch of times I often exceed 24 hours so cannot use this one. Likewise Get-Date '24:10:00' throws an error.

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