Unix date tool

date is the Unix tool to check both the date and the time from the shell in Linux, Cygwin and other Unix-like systems. There is no separate tool to show the time. date is part of the GNU Coreutils package.

  • By default, the tool displays the local time in your local format. On my computer, the format was like this:
$ date
Mon, Jan 21, 2019  8:42:23 AM
  • To view the UTC time:
$ date -u
  • To view the modification time of a file:
$ date -r foobar.txt
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