How To Change TimeZone on openSUSE

Change TimeZone on openSUSE

In this tutorial, we will show you how to change TimeZone on openSUSE. Setting the correct timezone on Linux servers is essential for accurate system logs, proper execution of cron jobs that rely on the system time, and consistency across services. openSUSE makes it easy to configure the system timezone from the command line without needing to use graphical tools.

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 change to TimeZone on openSUSE.


  • A server running one of the following operating systems: openSUSE.
  • It’s recommended that you use a fresh OS install to prevent any potential issues.
  • You will need access to the terminal to execute commands. openSUSE provides the Terminal application for this purpose. It can be found in your Applications menu.
  • You’ll need an active internet connection.
  • You’ll need administrative (root) access or a user account with sudo privileges.

Change TimeZone on openSUSE

Step 1. Check the Current time zone.

To verify the current timezone set for the system, use the timedatectl status command:

timedatectl status

This will print out details like:

Time zone: Europe/Amsterdam (CET, +0100)

Take note of the current setting before making changes.

Step 2. Change the Timezone on openSUSE.

To set a new timezone, use the timedatectl set-timezone command as root or with sudo:

sudo timedatectl set-timezone America/New_York

Replace America/New_York with the timezone you want to use.

openSUSE recognizes the IANA timezone database, which follows the Region/Location naming convention. Some examples include:

Timezone Description Offset from UTC
America/New_York Eastern Time UTC-5
Europe/London Greenwich Mean Time UTC+0
Asia/Tokyo Japan Standard Time UTC+9

To see the full list of available timezones for your system, use:

timedatectl list-timezones

The output can be filtered to make searching easier:

timedatectl list-timezones | grep Tokyo

Step 3. Verify Timezone Change.

Check that the new timezone was configured correctly with:

timedatectl status

The output should show the updated time zone. You can also use the date command to print the current date and time to double-check.

Step 4. Configure Hardware Clock Settings.

It is important to configure the hardware clock properly for timezone changes to persist reboots:

  • Check Hardware Clock

Use timedatectl to see if the hardware clock is set to UTC or local time:


Look for the RTC in local TZ line.

  • Set the Hardware Clock to UTC

For systems that dual boot with Windows, it is best to set the hardware clock to UTC:

timedatectl set-local-rtc 0

The hardware clock will now be synchronized to UTC instead of local time.

Step 5. Troubleshooting Tips.

If you encounter issues when changing the time zone, here are some troubleshooting tips:

  • Ensure that the timezone you’re trying to set is valid. You can refer to the tz database for a list of valid time zones.
  • If you’re using openSUSE and the changes aren’t persisting, ensure that you’re not overriding the timezone with a shell environment variable.
  • If the timedatectl command isn’t working as expected, check if the NTP service is active. If it is, you may need to disable it.

Congratulations! You have successfully changed TimeZone. Thanks for using this tutorial to change TimeZone on your openSUSE system. For additional or useful information, we recommend you check the official openSUSE 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, 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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