Ubuntu: How to update PHP’s timezone


We came across this one recently when setting up a Zabbix server, where the installation would not proceed until the PHP timezone was set. This is quite straightforward – using your favourite editor edit:




Look for the Module Settings section or search for:




(in vi /date.timezone should get you there). Uncomment the line by removing the leading ; and then add in your desired timezone. For Sydney it would look like:



; Defines the default timezone used by the date functions

; http://php.net/date.timezone

date.timezone = UTC+10


Change UTC+10 to your desired timezone, save the file and restart Apache:


sudo service apache2 restart