Converting timestamps to dates formula

In Apps Script, it's easy 

var timeStamp = new Date().getTime();
var date = new Date(timestamp);

But sheets doesn't use JavaScript timestamps for dates, it uses the number of days since 1st Jan 1900, with hours/mins/secs represented as a fraction of a day (an idea copied from Excel - known as DateValue + TimeValue) - so all these are equivalent

 datetimestamp  datevalue+timevalue
 20/05/2015 11:31:05 1432121465149 42144.4799189815

The Epoch

Unix-like systems use 1st Jan 1970 as zero hour (often referred to as the epoch) for dates, so a JavaScript timestamp (13 digits)  is  the number of milliseconds since then. Prior to then is a negative number. Unix timestamps (10 digit) use the same base, but are the number of seconds rather than milliseconds.

Knowing these two base dates makes converting back and forwards with a Sheets (or Excel) formula easy. 

formula for converting a JS timestamp to a date

=yourTimestamp/1000/60/60/24 + date (1970,1,1)

formula for converting a date to a JS timestamp


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