Ubuntu 18.10

My Gnome Top Bar is displaying UTC time. I want local time.

Ubuntu Time and Date Settings are correct and show Timezone: America/Chicago

$ date shows the local time

I installed "Gnome Clock override" and can manipulate the format but not the timezone which should be -0600.

1 Answer 1


To change the hardware clock time standard to localtime, use do:

timedatectl set-local-rtc 1 --adjust-system-clock


sudo dpkg-reconfigure tzdata

If you want to revert to the hardware clock being in UTC, do:

timedatectl set-local-rtc 0 --adjust-system-clock

Check what you have set by:


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