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Set a Different Timezone on a Ubuntu Machine via the Terminal

How can you change the timezone used by a Ubuntu machine from the command line?

You can set a timezone for your machine with this command:

sudo timedatectl set-timezone new_timezone_name

Replace new_timezone_name in that command with the timezone you want your machine to use.

You can get a list of available timezones with this command:

timedatectl list-timezones

This will output a list:

. . .

You can verify the change was made by executing:


That will output the timezone your machine is currently using:

      Local time: Wed 2021-12-08 13:47:30 EST
  Universal time: Wed 2021-12-08 18:47:30 UTC
        RTC time: Wed 2021-12-08 18:47:30
       Time zone: America/New_York (EST, -0500)
 Network time on: yes
NTP synchronized: yes
 RTC in local TZ: no

Thanks for reading and happy coding!