How To Change Timezone on CentOS 8

Change Timezone on CentOS 8

In this tutorial, we will show you how to change the timezone on CentOS 8. Timezones are essential for synchronizing the time between different regions and countries, allowing for efficient communication and collaboration. Incorrect timezone settings can lead to issues with server logs, scheduled tasks, and even legal compliance in certain industries. Understanding and managing time zones is a crucial part of maintaining a healthy and efficient CentOS 8 server.

This article assumes you have at least basic knowledge of Linux, know how to use the shell, and most importantly, you host your site on your own VPS. The installation is quite simple and assumes you are running in the root account, if not you may need to add ‘sudo‘ to the commands to get root privileges. I will show you the step-by-step setting of the correct timezone on a CentOS 8.


  • A server running one of the following operating systems: CentOS 8.
  • It’s recommended that you use a fresh OS install to prevent any potential issues.
  • A stable internet connection.
  • A non-root sudo user or access to the root user. We recommend acting as a non-root sudo user, however, as you can harm your system if you’re not careful when acting as the root.

Change Timezone on CentOS 8

Step 1. First, let’s start by ensuring your system is up-to-date.

sudo dnf update
sudo dnf install epel-release

Step 2. Check the Current Timezone.

To begin, it’s essential to determine the current timezone setting of your CentOS 8 system. This can be done using the timedatectl command:



Local time: Sat 2021-04-21 21:44:22 UTC
Universal time: Sat 2021-04-21 21:46:22 UTC
RTC time: Sat 2021-04-21 21:30:33
Time zone: UTC (UTC, +0000)
System clock synchronized: yes
NTP service: active
RTC in local TZ: no

This command will display the current timezone along with other time-related information such as UTC time and RTC time. Understanding your system’s current state is crucial before making any changes.

Step 3. Set or Change the Timezone on CentOS 8.

To list all available time zones, you can either list the files in the /usr/share/zoneinfo the directory or use the timedatectl a command like the below:

timedatectl list-timezones | grep -i europe



Once you identify which time zone is accurate to your location, run the following command as sudo user by indicating your time zone:

sudo timedatectl set-timezone Europe/German

After that, run the timedatectl command to verify the changes:



Local time: Sat 2021-04-21 22:44:22 UTC
Universal time: Sat 2021-04-21 22:46:22 UTC
RTC time: Sat 2021-04-21 22:30:33
Time zone: Europe/German (EDT, -0400)
System clock synchronized: yes
NTP service: active
RTC in local TZ: no

Step 4. Troubleshooting Common Issues.

Common issues when changing timezones include permission errors or the system not recognizing the timezone. Ensure you have the necessary permissions and that the timezone name is spelled correctly. Logs located in /var/log/messages can provide insights if any errors occur during the process.

Congratulations! You have successfully changed the timezone. Thanks for using this tutorial set or changing the timezone on your CentOS 8 system. For additional help or useful information, we recommend you check the official CentOS website.

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r00t is a seasoned Linux system administrator with a wealth of experience in the field. Known for his contributions to idroot.us, r00t has authored numerous tutorials and guides, helping users navigate the complexities of Linux systems. His expertise spans across various Linux distributions, including Ubuntu, CentOS, and Debian. r00t's work is characterized by his ability to simplify complex concepts, making Linux more accessible to users of all skill levels. His dedication to the Linux community and his commitment to sharing knowledge makes him a respected figure in the field.
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