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UTC Conversion to United States Timezones


Setting CRON jobs on servers can be painful to wrap your head around the shift of UTC to your timezone. Especially thanks to daylight savings times where a UTC-6 becomes a UTC-5 for a few months of the year.

CST = Central Standard Time
CDT = Central Daylight Time

2018 daylight savings starts March 11, 2018 2AM to November 4, 2019
2019 daylight savings starts March 10, 2019 2AM to November 3, 2019
2020 daylight savings start March 8, 2020 2AM to November 1, 2020

https://crontab.guru/ (helpful tool to build crontab syntax)

UTC – 8 UTC – 7UTC – 6UTC – 5UTC – 4UTC
Pacific
PST
Mountain
MST
Central
CST
Eastern
EST
normal
PDTMDTCDTEDTsummer
CA
Idaho
Nevada
COILIN
NY
FL
BermudaUK
France
Spain
876540 (midnight)
987651
1098762
11109873
12 (noon)1110984
13 / 1PM12 (noon)111095
14 / 2PM13 / 1PM12 (noon)11106
15 / 3PM14 / 2PM13 / 1PM12 (noon)117
16 / 4PM15 / 3PM14 / 2PM13 / 1PM12 (noon)8
17 / 5PM16 / 4PM15 / 3PM14 / 2PM13 / 1PM9
18 / 6PM17 / 5PM16 / 4PM15 / 3PM14 / 2PM10
19 / 7PM18 / 6PM17 / 5PM16 / 4PM15 / 3PM11
20 / 8PM19 / 7PM18 / 6PM17 / 5PM16 / 4PM12 (noon)
21 / 9PM20 / 8PM19 / 7PM18 / 6PM17 / 5PM13 / 1PM
22 / 10PM21 / 9PM20 / 8PM19 / 7PM18 / 6PM14 / 2PM
23 / 11PM22 / 10PM21 / 9PM20 / 8PM19 / 7PM15 / 3PM
0 (midnight)23 / 11PM22 / 10PM21 / 9PM20 / 8PM16 / 4PM
10 (midnight)23 / 11PM22 / 10PM21 / 9PM17 / 5PM
210 (midnight)23 / 11PM22 / 10PM18 / 6PM
3210 (midnight)23 / 11PM19 / 7PM
43210 (midnight)20 / 8PM
5432121 / 9PM
6543222 / 10PM
7654323 / 11PM

Tips

  • Avoid setting a job to run at midnight, it could slip forward or backwards a day

Software Engineer at Pixo

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