SNTP Client


An SNTP v4 client (RFC4330) for node. Simpy connects to the NTP or SNTP server requested and returns the server time along with the roundtrip duration and clock offset. To adjust the local time to the NTP time, add the returned t offset to the local time.


var Sntp = require('sntp');
// All options are optional 
var options = {
    host: '',  // Defaults to 
    port: 123,                      // Defaults to 123 (NTP) 
    resolveReference: true,         // Default to false (not resolving) 
    timeout: 1000                   // Defaults to zero (no timeout) 
// Request server time 
Sntp.time(options, function (errtime) {
    if (err) {
        console.log('Failed: ' + err.message);
    console.log('Local clock is off by: ' + time.+ ' milliseconds');

If an application needs to maintain continuous time synchronization, the module provides a stateful method for querying the current offset only when the last one is too old (defaults to daily).

// Request offset once 
Sntp.offset(function (erroffset) {
    console.log(offset);                    // New (served fresh) 
    // Request offset again 
    Sntp.offset(function (erroffset) {
        console.log(offset);                // Identical (served from cache) 

To set a background offset refresh, start the interval and use the provided now() method. If for any reason the client fails to obtain an up-to-date offset, the current system clock is used.

var before =;                    // System time without offset 
Sntp.start(function () {
    var now =;                   // With offset