You can change Linux Timezone via bash command line easily.

  • All Timezone information are stored in /usr/share/zoneinfo/.
  • /etc/localtime is symlink to Timezone file stored in /usr/share/zoneinfo/.

Display Current Timezone

When you run the command below, you see which timezone file linked to the localtime symlink.

 ls -l /etc/localtime 

Alternative Method

 [root@rhel75 ~]# timedatectl | grep -i 'time zone'
        Time zone: Europe/Istanbul (+03, +0300) 

Change Linux Timezone

When you run commands below respectively, active timezone on run-time has been changed. Also let’s copy current localtime file as backup plan.

# mv /etc/localtime /etc/localtime.yedek
# ln -s /usr/share/zoneinfo/Europe/Istanbul /etc/localtime 

For permanent change, we need to do the same change on /etc/sysconfig/clock file.

# cat /etc/sysconfig/clock

Alternative Method

You can use timedatectl utility to display current timezone information as an alternative to the symlink method.

[root@rhel75 ~]#  timedatectl set-timezone Europe/Istanbul

You can reach out the full list of timezone information using link below;