How to set the timezone in Django?


In my django project’s file, I have this line :


But I want my app to run in UTC+2 timezone, so I changed it to


It gives the error ValueError: Incorrect timezone setting: UTC+2. What is the correct way of doing this?


Asked By: jeff



Here is the list of valid timezones:

You can use

TIME_ZONE = 'Europe/Istanbul'

for UTC+02:00

Answered By: Selcuk

Choose a valid timezone from the tzinfo database. They tend to take the form e.g. Africa/Gaborne and US/Eastern

Find the one which matches the city nearest you, or the one which has your timezone, then set your value of TIME_ZONE to match.

Answered By: Crast

To get a set of all valid timezone names (ids) from the tz database, you could use pytz module in Python:

>>> import pytz # $ pip install pytz
>>> pytz.all_timezones_set
Answered By: jfs

I found this question looking to change the timezone in my Django project’s file to the United Kingdom.

Using the tz database in jfs’ solution I found the answer:

    TIME_ZONE = 'Europe/London'
Answered By: Mark
  1. Change the TIME_ZONE to your local time zone, and keep USE_TZ as True in ‘’:

    TIME_ZONE = ‘Asia/Shanghai’

    USE_I18N = True

    USE_L10N = True

    USE_TZ = True

  2. This will write and store the datetime object as UTC to the backend database.

  3. Then use template tag to convert the UTC time in your frontend template as such:

                    {% load tz %}
                    {% get_current_timezone as tz %}
                    {% timezone tz %}
                        {{ message.log_date | time:'H:i:s' }}
                    {% endtimezone %} 

or use the template filters concisely:

                    {% load tz %}
                    {{ message.log_date | localtime | time:'H:i:s' }}
  1. You could check more details in the official doc: Default time zone and current time zone

    When support for time zones is enabled, Django stores datetime information in UTC in the database, uses time-zone-aware datetime objects internally, and translates them to the end user’s time zone in templates and forms.

Answered By: Freman Zhang

Valid timeZone values are based on the tz (timezone) database used by Linux and other Unix systems. The values are strings (xsd:string) in the form “Area/Location,” in which:

Area is a continent or ocean name. Area currently includes:

  • Africa
  • America (both North America and South America)
  • Antarctica
  • Arctic
  • Asia
  • Atlantic
  • Australia
  • Europe
  • Etc (administrative zone. For example, “Etc/UTC” represents
    Coordinated Universal Time.)
  • Indian
  • Pacific

Location is the city, island, or other regional name.

The zone names and output abbreviations adhere to POSIX (portable operating system interface) UNIX conventions, which uses positive (+) signs west of Greenwich and negative (-) signs east of Greenwich, which is the opposite of what is generally expected. For example, “Etc/GMT+4” corresponds to 4 hours behind UTC (that is, west of Greenwich) rather than 4 hours ahead of UTC (Coordinated Universal Time) (east of Greenwich).

Here is a list all valid timezones

You can change time zone in your as follows


TIME_ZONE = 'Asia/Kolkata'

USE_I18N = True

USE_L10N = True

USE_TZ = True
Answered By: ANFAS PV

Universal solution, based on Django’s TZ name support:

UTC-2 = 'Etc/GMT+2'
UTC-1 = 'Etc/GMT+1'
UTC = 'Etc/GMT+0'
UTC+1 = 'Etc/GMT-1'
UTC+2 = 'Etc/GMT-2'

+/- is intentionally switched.

Answered By: Punnerud
  1. download latest pytz file (pytz-2019.3.tar.gz) from:
  2. copy and extract it to site_packages directory on yor project

  3. in cmd go to the extracted folder and run:

    python install
  4. TIME_ZONE = 'Etc/GMT+2' or country name

Answered By: S.Rasool Mirtalebi

Use Area/Location format properly.

TIME_ZONE = 'Asia/Kolkata'
Answered By: Rohit Patil

This works just fine for me (I am still testing the app locally).
In file type:


TIME_ZONE = 'Asia/Beirut'

USE_I18N = True

USE_L10N = True

USE_TZ = False

#use your own TIME_ZONE:

Answered By: Hussein Al Ashmar

Add Preferred TIME_ZONE and set USE_TZ to False like following

  • TIME_ZONE = ‘Asia/Kolkata’
  • USE_TZ = False

Hope it will work.

Answered By: Rabeul Hasan

Here is the list of valid timezones:

You can use the Time zone For Dhaka

TIME_ZONE = 'Asia/Dhaka'

for UTC+06:00 (Dhaka or Astana)

Answered By: Shezan Mahamud

For Poland:

TIME_ZONE = 'Europe/Warsaw'

Answered By: TomDom