Set the Time on a Cisco Router Manually

Posted June 19, 2006 by Quinn McHenry in Cisco router

Setting the internal clock in a Cisco router allows timestamping of logging information which makes troubleshooting much easier. If you do not have an NTP server running, you can set the time manually with a simple command.

To set the time, use this command in enable mode (not configuration mode):

Router# clock set 22:55:05 June 19 2006

The time is in 24-hour mode. To see the information about the clock settings, use the following:

Router# show clock detail
22:56:07.136 PDT Mon Jun 19 2006
Time source is user configuration

This will show the current date and time and the source of the time configuration (in this case showing that the time was manually set).


About Quinn McHenry

Quinn was one of the original co-founders of Tech-Recipes. He is currently crafting iOS applications as a senior developer at Small Planet Digital in Brooklyn, New York.
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  • Anonimouse :D

    I can´t delete the clock! it´s possible?

  • Brendon de Meyer

    Hi Quinn,

    Just want to say thanks for this. I am a CCNP been in the industry for a while now and I forgot completely how to do this!! Embarrasing as it is!!!!

    Amazing how you forget the simple stuff! Really silly concept as well!!

  • Keirilyn

    Thanks Quinny! <3 luv ya long time bby xxxxxx

  • Hermann

    Thanks for the information. Worked just great.