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A Moment for Times

InfluxDB is a time series database, so it would make sense that the concept of time is moderately important when dealing with it.

By default, Influx will store all dates you give to it as a nanosecond-precision timestamp, whereas in JavaScript, most of the time we're dealing with millisecond precision timestamps, which we get from Date.now() or myDate.getTime(). This presents a bit of a problem for us JavaScripters, since nanosecond-precision timestamps are stored as 64-bit unsigned integers that JavaScript simply cannot represent accurately.

➜  node-influx git:(master) node
> 1475985480231035677

This module tries to make dates as easy as possible for you to deal with, and out of the box everything should "just work".

There are three places that dates can get passed around:

To deal with this, we introduce a new type called NanoDate. These dates behave just like the normal Date type, but have two additional methods: .getNanoTime() and .getNanoISOString(). They behave just like the normal .getTime() and getISOString methods, but they both return nanosecond-precision strings instead of millisecond-precision numbers and timestamps.


All times returned from Influx queries are parsed to INanoDates. For example, you can do something like the following:

influx.query("select * from perf").then((results) => {
  results.forEach((row) =>
    console.log(`Used ${row.cpu} at ${row.time.toNanoISOString()}`)

When writing data to Influx, all write methods accept INanoDates in all situations. This means if you select data from Influx and want to update a data point, you can pass that time right back into the write method. (Remember, points within series are unique by their time!) If you have a nanosecond timestamp from some external source, you can convert it to a INanoDate using toNanoDate.

import { toNanoDate } from "influx";

const myNanoDate = toNanoDate("1475985480231035600");

Finally, if you want to embed a INanoDate into an Influx query, you should should use toNanoISOString to so do:

  `select * from perf where time > "${myNanoDate.toNanoISOString()}"`

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