How to Setup Time Synchronization on Ubuntu via Command Line

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Setup Time Synchronization Using Command Line

Setup timezone:

sudo timedatectl set-timezone Your/Timezone

Hint: See your timezone: timedatectl list-timezones

Ubuntu’s default install timesyncd instead of ntpd. timesyncd connects to the same time servers and works in roughly the same way, but is more lightweight and more integrated with systemd and the low level workings of Ubuntu.



If timesyncd isn’t active, turn it on with timedatectl:

sudo timedatectl set-ntp on

Run timedatectl again to confirm the network time status. It may take a minute for the actual sync to happen, but eventually both Network time on: and NTP synchronized: should read yes.

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