Display Date And Time In Linux

How do I display date and time in Linux using the command line and GUI options?

To display date and time under Linux operating system using command prompt use the date command. It can also display the current time / date in the given FORMAT. We can set the system date and time as root user too.


Open a terminal and type the following command:

Sat Nov  7 22:44:59 IST 2009

You can format the date as follows in dd-mm-yy format:
date +"%d-%m-%y"


To print the date of the day before yesterday, run:
date --date='2 days ago'
Want to see the day of year of Christmas in the current year? Try:
date --date='25 Dec' +%j
Display the current full month name and the day of the month:
date '+%B %d'

Display date and time un Linux using the timedatectl

Most modern Linux distro with systemd use the timedatectl command. It is used to query and change the system clock and its settings, and enable or disable time synchronization services. All you have to do is type the following command:
$ timedatectl

GUI Tool: Time Administration

The Time Administration Tool allows you to set the time, date and timezone of your system, as well as setting any time server to synchronize your local time server. Type the following command to start time admin tool:
sudo time-admin
## OR ##

Fig.01: Linux Date and Time Administration Tool

You may be prompted for the administrator password (root password), this is necessary because the changes done with this tool will affect the whole system.

How to change date and time settings with Gnome based Linux desktop

First, you need to Settings in Activities and then click Details in the sidebar. Make sure you click Date & Time in the sidebar to open the panel:


In this quick tutorial, you learned about the date command that you can use to see or change the date/time under Linux operating systems. We further explained how to use the GUI tools too. The date command has many more options. See man page by typing the following man command:
$ man date

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6 comments… add one
  • ramkumar Apr 5, 2013 @ 8:53

    sir i want to set date format to dd/mm/yyyy but not able to do it
    that when i execute date command i get output in dd/mm/yyyy format if any help
    please reply

    ramkumar sharma

    • Sharil Ali PV Jul 1, 2013 @ 9:51

      Please try this

      date +%d/%m/%Y

  • janine May 9, 2014 @ 10:02

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  • John Jun 28, 2014 @ 18:23

    Is there any way this can be done in the motd and show the current time of the login?

  • User888 Nov 27, 2016 @ 16:42

    How can someone from termial get current time from any zipcode around the world?

  • Rob dawney Sep 26, 2020 @ 15:12

    Damnn, thanks alot! I was looking for this but didnt find it any where till now. Great content Guys!

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