In Python, you can add simple timers around any action using the clock() or time() functions from the time module. time.clock() gives the best timer accuracy on Windows, while the time.time() function gives the best accuracy on Unix/Linux. You should use whichever one is more appropriate for your system.
Inside the timeit module's source code (in Python's standard library), you can see an example of this. The timer type is specified by the platform:
if sys.platform == "win32": # On Windows, the best timer is time.clock() default_timer = time.clock else: # On most other platforms, the best timer is time.time() default_timer = time.time
This seems like a nice way to create a timer that is accurate on either platform.
Here is an example:
import sys import time # choose timer to use if sys.platform.startswith('win'): default_timer = time.clock else: default_timer = time.time start = default_timer() # do something finish = default_timer() elapsed = (finish - start)