Insert the time your Zap runs into a field

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In Zapier, you can insert the time your Zap runs into a field in an action. The most common way to include this timestamp is to enter {{zap_meta_human_now}} in a field. This will print a human-readable string in MM/DD/YY hh:mmAM/PM format (for example,07/15/19 06:05PM).

When used in a date-formatted field and certain text fields, this will return a date/time stamp from the time zone set in your Zapier profile settings. If you have no time zone picked, it defaults to UTC.

Zap run time in message


Time stamps will not show up in sample data or when testing the Zap. It's only after your Zap actually takes an action in the background that the time stamp will be replaced.

Other time stamps

If you need a machine-readable string, e.g., for the Google Calendar Create Event action, you should use one of the following:


This command is similar to the standard string, but it will print the date/time in a format that other machines (and APIs) can read. This command won't consider the time zone set in your profile settings, and will output an ISO-8601 time stamp in UTC time (for example, 2016-07-15T18:07:48+00:00).


This time stamp is in UNIX time, as some APIs might require a timestamp in this format instead.

Other available time stamps

  • {{zap_meta_est_iso}} is in ISO-8601 format for Eastern Standard Time (EST)
  • {{zap_meta_edt_iso}} is for Eastern Daylight Time (EDT)
  • {{zap_meta_cst_iso}} is CST
  • {{zap_meta_cdt_iso}} is CDT
  • {{zap_meta_mst_iso}} is MST
  • {{zap_meta_mdt_iso}} is MDT
  • {{zap_meta_pst_iso}} is PST
  • {{zap_meta_pdt_iso}} is PDT

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