To give precise chronology constraints on BIF has very important scientific significance, which can obtain the trend of the time distribution of BIF, reflect the atmospheric and oceanic environment of the corresponding age, establish a corresponding relation with major geological events accurately and provide the basis for the genesis of iron formation. Based on integrating predecessors material, we repaint the formation era distribution diagram of BIF. The results show that BIF has a continuous distribution from 3.6 Ga to 1.6 Ga, forms a peak within three interval range: 2.8～2.7 Ga, 2.5～2.4 Ga, 1.9～1.8 Ga; Algoma-type BIF is dominant in Meso-Neoarchean, whereas Superior-type BIF is much more common in Paleoproterozoic. At the same time, we mainly introduce and review predecessors articles about test methods of BIF chronology and their application, which indicate that at present the zircon U-Pb method is still a main approach, whereas the Sm-Nd isochrone and Re-Os isochrone methods are still effective, however direct measurement of the Sm-Nd isochrone age about BIF mesobands and the Re-Os isochrone age about magnetite still have considerable problems, but which can reflect some other aspects of problems such as the origin of material, the transformation of later structure hot events. Taking the age of relevant units of BIF on behalf of the formation age of BIF indirectly is the mature method at the present, therein determination of the zircon U-Pb age about volcanics interbedded with iron formations is the common means to determine the age of BIF internationally.