Ubuntu 20.04 LTS by default has the date and time show on the top of the desktop.

How can I include the weekday (examples: Sunday, Monday, ect)?

I want the day of the week show with the date and time how do i do this?

date I am referencing is shown in top center of screen shot. enter image description here


4 Answers 4


To show the weekday in addition to the date and time in Ubuntu 20.04, use the command line tool called "gsettings".

It's a good idea to view your current settings first. So open the terminal and run this command:

gsettings list-recursively org.gnome.desktop.interface

It will return various Gnome interface settings, and the one you are interested in is "clock-show-weekday" (with the value "false").

Set the "clock-show-weekday" to "true" by running this command:

gsettings set org.gnome.desktop.interface clock-show-weekday true

Once you hit Enter, you will will see the weekday displayed with the weekdays shown.

  • 2
    For some reason, this didn't work for me; the settings were changed, but the display still did not show the weekday. Using dconf-editor did the trick though, as explained in this link. Oct 27, 2020 at 22:01
  • @fabio_hirono Indeed, this answer didn't work for me.
    – MWB
    Feb 24, 2021 at 19:44
  • This worked instantly for me on Ubuntu 20.04.3 LTS. Sorry, not sure why it didn't work for either of you.
    – mwfearnley
    Dec 28, 2021 at 20:24
  • This seems to have no effect on Ubuntu 22.04 Nov 24, 2022 at 14:06
  • Worked instantly for me on Pop!_OS 22.04. Jan 5, 2023 at 17:09

You can try this in the terminal.

gsettings set org.gnome.desktop.interface clock-show-date true
gsettings set org.gnome.desktop.interface clock-show-seconds true
gsettings set org.gnome.desktop.interface clock-show-weekday true

Install GNOME Tweaks like this:

sudo apt install gnome-tweaks

After installing it open the app named "Tweaks", find menu item named "Top Bar" and then enable weekday:


GNOME Tweaks is a wonderful tool that should be installed after installing synaptic but before installing anything else.


To add on to the other excellent answers, it's possible to get the following error/warning while changing org.gnome.desktop.interface settings:

GLib-GIO-Message: Using the 'memory' GSettings backend.  Your settings will not be saved or shared with other applications.

the issue was discussed here and the general answer is that environment variable GIO_EXTRA_MODULES need to point to the location of gio modules like so:

export GIO_EXTRA_MODULES=/usr/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/gio/modules/

To make the above permanent, this needs to be put in .bashrc

After doing so, org.gnome.desktop.interface will be saved.

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