How to configure timezone in Ubuntu

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Published on: September 23, 2014 by Mithun S.

How to configure timezone in Ubuntu


There are different methods to change the timezone in Linux (Debian). The most simple and widely used ubuntu timezone configuration methods are shown below :-

Method 1 :-

To change the timezone,run the following command as root user:

# dpkg-reconfigure tzdata


>>Select the geographical area in which you live


Now select the city corresponding to your timezone


Method 2 :-

We can also set the timezone using /etc/localtime configuration file.

The various timezones are available in the /usr/share/zoneinfo directory.

Delete the current timezone using the below command

# rm -f /etc/localtime

In order to set the new timezone create a symbolic link to the file /etc/localtime configuration file.

For example :-

To verify the new settings execute the date command


Note :- When the /etc/localtime is removed, the system shows the Greenwich Mean Time (GMT)

Category : General, Howtos, Linux

Mithun S.

Mithun S.

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