In this tutorial, we will show you how to install NTP Server on CentOS 8. For those of you who didn’t know, Chrony is an implementation of the Network Time Protocol (NTP). Chrony commonly synchronizes a computer to Internet time servers or other sources, such as a radio or satellite receiver or telephone modem service. It can also be used as a time source/server for client systems.
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 through the step-by-step installation of the NTP Server 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.
non-root sudo useror 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.
Install NTP Server 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. Installing NTP Server on CentOS 8.
Run the following command to install Chrony:
sudo dnf install chrony
Step 3. Configure Chrony NTP server.
We will configure the servers as an NTP server, which will act as a remote time server for all clients in your organization:
Add the following line:
# line 3: change servers to synchronize (replace to your own timezone NTP server) # need NTP server itself to sync time with other NTP server # pool 2.centos.pool.ntp.org iburst pool ntp.nict.jp iburst
# line 24: add network range to allow to receive time synchronization requests from NTP Clients # specify your local network and so on # if not specified, only localhost is allowed allow 10.0.0.0/24
Restart the Chrony service to apply the configuration change:
sudo systemctl restart chronyd sudo systemctl enable chronyd
Step 4. Configure Firewall.
Add the firewall rules to allow NTP requests from clients:
sudo firewall-cmd --add-service=ntp --permanent sudo firewall-cmd --reload
Step 5. Verify NTP server.
We will now check if NTP is working by entering the following command:
[email@example.com ~]# chronyc sources
210 Number of sources = 4 MS Name/IP address Stratum Poll Reach LastRx Last sample =============================================================================== ^+ ntp-a3.nict.go.jp 1 8 466 331 +937us[ +937us] +/- 8281us ^* ntp-k1.nict.jp 1 8 466 318 -1925us[-2056us] +/- 8056us ^+ ntp-b2.nict.go.jp 1 7 466 286 -180ns[ -180ns] +/- 10ms ^+ ntp-b3.nict.go.jp 1 6 466 22 +478us[ +478us] +/- 9808us
Congratulations! You have successfully installed NTP. Thanks for using this tutorial for installing the NTP Server on your CentOS 8 system. For additional help or useful information, we recommend you to check the official Chrony website.