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// @license
// copyright Paul Irish 2015
// is supported everywhere except IE8. For IE8 we use the polyfill
// as Safari 6 doesn't have support for NavigationTiming, we use a timestamp for relative values
// if you want values similar to what you'd get with real, place this towards the head of the page
// but in reality, you're just getting the delta between now() calls, so it's not terribly important where it's placed
if ("performance" in window == false) {
window.performance = {};
} = ( || function () { // thanks IE8
return new Date().getTime();
if ("now" in window.performance == false){
var nowOffset =;
if (performance.timing && performance.timing.navigationStart){
nowOffset = performance.timing.navigationStart
} = function now(){
return - nowOffset;

CoffeeScript version with +new Date() to accommodate IE8

do ->
  # prepare base perf object
  if typeof window.performance=='undefined'
    window.performance = {}
  if not
    nowOffset = +new Date()
    if performance.timing and performance.timing
      nowOffset = performance.timing.navigationStart = ->
      now = +new Date()
      return now - nowOffset

Wondering if line 15 should be:

if (performance.timing && performance.timing.navigationStart){

@JofArnold thanks. Exactly what I needed.

@drewwells is not available in IE8. Also, without navigationStart what value is this polyfill? The numbers this polyfill would produce will not be comparable to the real It should do nothing for browsers lacking navigationStart.


Thank you!


This makes it easier for testing. Thanks for the script. Now I don't have to have two versions of performance scripts to juggle.


For those of us in the corporate world, could you provide a license for this gist?


Avoiding conditions:

window.performance = (window.performance || {
    now: function now(){
        return - this.offset;

@JordanDelcros That doesn't work in IE9, because it has window.performance (but not


thank you~!!!!!!


If anyone does Apache Cordova (a.k.a. Phonegap) dev, the iOS web view in there doesn't support performance either. At least not through Evothings workbench. I have yet to test with an actual built Cordova app, but I don't think it will make a difference.


Thank you!! Solved my problem with Opbeat AngularJS plugin. Also thanks to @lukehedger for creating the bower package!


Wonderful! Thanks. Used this to patch support for iOS 8. Would be nice if offered performance.timing instead of just polyfill...


As @rubencodes implies above, now has a polyfill, and the benefit is that it will polyfill for you automatically if needed:

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