In this tutorial, we will learn how to update the system time and time zone on Ubuntu Linux. This can be done from the command line terminal with the
timedatectl command to synchronize your system’s time with official time servers.
Update System Time
To update the system time in Ubuntu, you can use the
timedatectl command. This command allows us to configure the date and time zone in our system.
Example 1. To see the information of your time zone, along with the local and universal time:
Example 2. If you want to synchronize the system time with external time servers, use the command below:
$ sudo timedatectl set-ntp on
Example 3. Or, if you want to turn this synchronization off:
$ sudo timedatectl set-ntp off
Update System Time to a Specific Time Zone
Example 1. To show the list of all time zones, execute the next command:
$ timedatectl list-timezones
Example 2. If you want to show only results for a specific timezone, pipe to the
$ timedatectl list-timezones | grep US
Example 3. Now, you can set the time to the time zone you have chosen from the output:
$ sudo timedatectl set-timezone US/Eastern
Your system time will now be kept in sync with the time zone you have chosen. This works by querying official time servers upon system start and other intervals, and adjusting your computer’s clock accordingly.