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PHP date() time not corresponding with system time

  • Posted June 24, 2020
  • PHP

I set the right server time with the help of this tutorial: https://www.digitalocean.com/community/tutorials/how-to-set-up-time-synchronization-on-ubuntu-16-04

When I type “date” in the console, the correct time is now shown. But the PHP date(‘H:i’) command still shows 2 hours earlier. I have reset Apache2.

How can this happen and what can I do about it?

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Thanks again for your help! This is interesting. timedetectl was already set to Europe/Amsterdam, but this is the result:

 Local time: Thu 2020-07-09 09:15:26 CEST
 Universal time: Thu 2020-07-09 07:15:26 UTC
 RTC time: Thu 2020-07-09 07:15:27
 Time zone: Europe/Amsterdam (CEST, +0200)
 System clock synchronized: yes
 systemd-timesyncd.service active: yes
 RTC in local TZ: no

So the local time is correct, but php seems to use the Universal or RTC time in the time() function. Now I found the PHP localtime() function: https://www.w3schools.com/php/func_date_localtime.asp

But this code:

echo 'time: ' . date('H:i');
echo "<br>";
print_r(localtime(time(),true));

even gives this result:

time: 07:35
Array ( [tm_sec] => 15 [tm_min] => 35 [tm_hour] => 7 [tm_mday] => 9 [tm_mon] => 6 [tm_year] => 120 [tm_wday] => 4 [tm_yday] => 190 [tm_isdst] => 0 )

So the localtime() function doesn’t seem to do anything. (changing back the timezone in php.ini from Detroid to Amsterdam doesn’t have any effect on the output above (didn’t forget to restart Apache)).

Hi @KFSys ,

Thanks for your reply! So as a test, I changed it to Detroid, this gives the same effect; this is the phpinfo():

date/time support	enabled
timelib version	2017.09
"Olson" Timezone Database Version	0.system
Timezone Database	internal
Default timezone	UTC
Directive	Local Value	Master Value
date.default_latitude	31.7667	31.7667
date.default_longitude	35.2333	35.2333
date.sunrise_zenith	90.583333	90.583333
date.sunset_zenith	90.583333	90.583333
date.timezone	America/Detroit	America/Detroit

And the time is still 2 hours behind our local time so the change seems to have no effect…

Thanks,

Hi KFSys, this is the timezone part in phpinfo():

date/time support	enabled
timelib version	2017.09
"Olson" Timezone Database Version	0.system
Timezone Database	internal
Default timezone	UTC
Directive	Local Value	Master Value
date.default_latitude	31.7667	31.7667
date.default_longitude	35.2333	35.2333
date.sunrise_zenith	90.583333	90.583333
date.sunset_zenith	90.583333	90.583333
date.timezone	Europe/Amsterdam	Europe/Amsterdam

So date.timezone seems correct, maybe it’s going wrong in the values above it?

@KFSys,

If I reopen the file, the changes seem saved, it shows:

[Date]
; Defines the default timezone used by the date functions
; http://php.net/date.timezone
 date.timezone = "Europe/Amsterdam"

(yesterday I forgot the quotes, I added them now and restarted Apache again, but still 2 hours behind)

Hi @KFSys,

Thanks for your help. It doesn’t work until now; I changed the php.ini to:

[Date]
; Defines the default timezone used by the date functions
; http://php.net/date.timezone
 date.timezone = Europe/Amsterdam

I also checked via phpinfo() to be sure that this is the right ini file. Then restarted the server with

sudo /etc/init.d/apache2 restart

But the time is still 2 hours behind.

Hi @Roelandvo,

You’ll need to update the default timezone of your PHP in your php.ini. I’ll recommend setting it like so :

date.timezone="Europe/London"

Now, the default is Europe/London however you can set it to any timezone you wish.

Please make sure you’ve added it to your PHP.ini as this is related to your PHP rather than the server itself.

Regards, KFSys