Display Date And Time In Linux

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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.

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Syntax

Open a terminal and type the following command:
date

Sat Nov  7 22:44:59 IST 2009

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

07-11-09

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
Linux Display Date And Time Using Command Line

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 ##
time-admin

Fig.01: Linux Date and Time  Administration Tool
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:
Gnome date and time settings

Conclusion

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

Posted by: Vivek Gite

The author is the creator of nixCraft and a seasoned sysadmin, DevOps engineer, and a trainer for the Linux operating system/Unix shell scripting. Get the latest tutorials on SysAdmin, Linux/Unix and open source topics via RSS/XML feed or weekly email newsletter.


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5 comment

  1. 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

    thanks
    ramkumar sharma

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