How to Adjust the Server TimeZone in App Platform


I have just started using the Digital Ocean App platform to quickly deploy and test our Microservices. One thing that was quickly discovered by our test users was the 2-hour difference in terms of time indicated on some of the messages sent to the customer. We are using CAT / GMT(+2) but the server time is 2 hours behind. So the question is, how do we change the DO App Platform Servers to Our TimeZone to get the correct time?

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Jon Friesen
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March 16, 2021
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👋 @ctoMorel

You can set the timezone with an TZ environment variable, for example:


Hope this helps!

This command did it for me in Ubuntu 22.10:

$ sudo timedatectl set-timezone America/New_York

Time zone names:

$ timedatectl list-timezones | less


$ timedatectl
           Local time: Sat 2022-11-26 10:52:08 EST
       Universal time: Sat 2022-11-26 15:52:08 UTC
             RTC time: Sat 2022-11-26 15:52:08
            Time zone: America/New_York (EST, -0500)

Log files will not show the new timezone until you restart. sudo apache2ctl restart did it for the apache logs but to get all the logs (mysql, certbot, etc):

$ reboot

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