TikTok Video Date Extractor

Instructions

  1. Navigate to the TikTok video whose date you want to check.
  2. Click the ‘…’ or similar menu, then select “Copy link to video”.
  3. Paste the URL into the text box above and click “Get the Video Date”.

How to find the exact time a TikTok was posted

It’s all in the post’s URL. This tool decodes the TikTok video URL to extract the upload timestamp, which is not visible in the standard metadata visible on the platform. For instance, consider the URL https://www.tiktok.com/@ckenthusiast/video/7252269798455840027. The number “7252269798455840027” within this URL is the video ID.

Thanks to some brilliant research, The video ID is a 64-bit integer that encodes the timestamp when the video was created. We use a regular expression to extract this number and then convert it into binary. The first 31 bits of this binary representation are the actual timestamp, expressed in seconds since the Unix epoch (January 1, 1970). By converting these bits back to a decimal, we retrieve the original timestamp.

Once we have the timestamp, it is converted into two date formats: UTC and the browser’s local time, providing both a universal and localized perspective on when the video was originally made.

What can you do with the TikTok Video Date Extractor?

Whether you’re digging into market trends, ensuring content accuracy, or even conducting some serious digital investigation, each TikTok video URL contains more than just the web address of the video!

  • Posting Strategy: Tracking when a video was made helps understand trends and can provide clues about optimal posting time (though that may not matter so much for TikTok).
  • Content Verification: In the world of inauthentic content, verifying when something was posted can help confirm its relevance and accuracy.
  • Legal Evidence: Sometimes, the stakes are high, and knowing the exact date of a video can serve as crucial evidence in legal cases.
  • Academic Studies: Researchers analyzing social media patterns benefit from accurate date stamps.
  • Journalistic Integrity: For journalists, the credibility of reporting on TikTok content hinges on precise dates.
  • Personal Record-Keeping: For the overachievers who meticulously track their professional milestones—yes, accurate dates (and timestamps) matter!
  • OSINT Techniques: For those in the shadows, conducting open-source intelligence gathering, every detail, including exact video dates, is a clue.

So, whether you’re a marketer, a researcher, or just a curious cat, knowing the precise date a TikTok video was made can be surprisingly pivotal. Don’t just scroll past—dig deeper because every video’s story starts with “when.”