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