How to set timezone in Django?

Let’s set timezone in Django. It is easy to configure and you will learn where and how to do it.
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Setting the time_zone

By default, the application written in Django set the TIME_ZONE variable, responsible for the definition of the local time zone, to ‘America / Chicago’. You can configure it by default in the file.

In newer versions of Django, the file already contains an entry:


You may want to change that. First you will need this Wikipedia link to get timezone names.

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You can change your timezone to eg.:

TIME_ZONE = 'US/Central'

To apply timezone you need also to set below variable time zone.

USE_TZ = True

How to set a custom timezone in Django

In addition to setting the default timezone, you can also set a custom timezone for your Django application. To do this, you can use the TIME_ZONE and USE_TZ variables in the file.

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The TIME_ZONE variable specifies the name of the timezone that you want to use. You can get a list of timezone names from the Wikipedia link.

The USE_TZ variable specifies whether or not you want to use timezones in your Django application. If you set USE_TZ to True, Django will use the timezone that you specified in the TIME_ZONE variable to convert between UTC and local time.

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For example, the following code will set the timezone to US/Central and enable timezone support:

TIME_ZONE = 'US/Central'
USE_TZ = True

After setting the timezone, you need to restart your Django application for the changes to take effect.