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PHP date() time not corresponding with system time

Posted June 24, 2020 103 views
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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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

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.

@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)

edited by MattIPv4
  • That’s good to hear but have you checked from your browser via phpinfo() if the change has taken place?

    I feel like it’s possible the info hasn’t been accepted for some reason

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?

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,

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