How to Change Time Zone in Linux

Linux 2020-05-07 293

For default, time zone in linux is UTC. And if we rent a VPS, it will set to where mechine location.

But we want to show time as we location, thus we need to change time zone. So this is how we use: timedatectl.

This tool is used for Ubuntu, if your OS is not Ubuntu, maybe there will something different.


This is a tool that can show, list, and change time zone in linux.


We can use timedatectl to list all time zone code like this.

$ timedatectl list-timezones
  • Result will like this:

We can use grep to find we want. For example, we can just show Asia result like this.

$ timedatectl list-timezones | grep Asia


timedatectl also can show current time zone detail.

$ timedatectl
  • Result will like this
Local time: Thu 2020-05-07 22:08:01 CST
Universal time: Thu 2020-05-07 14:08:01 UST
RTC time: Thu 2020-05-07 22:08:01
Time zone: Asia/Taipei (CST +8000)
System clock synchronized: yes
NTP service: active
RTC in local TZ: no

If we want to show setting, use status.

$ timedatectl status
  • Result will like this
TimeUSec=Thu 2020-05-07 22:08:01 CST
RTCTimeUSec=Thu 2020-05-07 22:08:01 CTS


Changing time zone use set-timezone.

$ timedatectl set-timezone Zone

Zone should replace as you wonder to change.

After setting, you can show if success.

$ timedatectl show