How to change time zone in linux centos ( date time)

Change timezone in Linux ( centos) :


Step 1: Check your current date time
This step is not needed but its helpful to know what time you have currently.

$ date


Step 2:  Make backup copy of your current timezone file for safety:

$ cp /etc/localtime /etc/localtime-backup

Step 3: Go to timezone folder and find correct time zone file. Let set the timezone to Newyork  for this example.

$ cd /usr/share/zoneinfo

Look for country America ( It will be a folder):

$ cd /usr/share/zoneinfo/America

you will find the file call New_york which is timezone file for new york . Now copy that file to local time.

$ cp /usr/share/zoneinfo/America/New_york  /etc/localtime

Step 4: Your time zone is now set. You can check by typing date command to see new date time information.


Note: Many server prefer to setup UTC time which can be set with same method as mentioned above. UTC date time file is located in



Synchronization of Date time:

Date time is synchronize by NTP module of Linux, which is generally installed in all Linux distribution but if it is missing then it can be install by yum.

$ yum install ntp





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