Symfony2 and date_default_timezone_get() - It is not safe to rely on the system's timezone settings


I have a Symfony2 project. I updated my php to 5.5.7 today and since then, I am getting the

Warning: date_default_timezone_get(): It is not safe to rely on the system's timezone settings. You are *required* to use the date.timezone setting or the date_default_timezone_set() function. In case you used any of those methods and you are still getting this warning, you most likely misspelled the timezone identifier. We selected the timezone 'UTC' for now, but please set date.timezone to select your timezone. in...

I setup the default timezone in my php.ini

; Defines the default timezone used by the date functions
date.timezone = "Europe/Paris";

To be sure that this is the good php.ini, I was checking with


And the path I ma getting there is the one I am modifying:


But in there, I see the

Default timezone    UTC 

Which is strange.

any idea? Thank you.

This question is tagged with php symfony timezone

~ Asked on 2013-12-23 11:57:45

The Best Answer is


Maybe you are trying to set it in Apache's php.ini, but your CLI (Command Line Interface) php.ini is not good.

Find your php.ini file with the following command:

php -i | grep php.ini

And then search for date.timezone and set it to "Europe/Amsterdam". all valid timezone will be found here

Another way (if the other does not work), search for the file AppKernel.php, which should be under the folder app of your Symfony project directory. Overwrite the __construct function below in the class AppKernel:


class AppKernel extends Kernel
    // Other methods and variables

    // Append this init function below

    public function __construct($environment, $debug)
        date_default_timezone_set( 'Europe/Paris' );
        parent::__construct($environment, $debug);


~ Answered on 2013-12-23 12:08:43


Found a similar way to fix this issue (at least it did for me).

  1. First check where the CLI php.ini is located:

    php -i | grep "php.ini"

  2. In my case I ended up with : Configuration File (php.ini) Path => /etc

  3. Then cd .. all the way back and cd into /etc, do ls in my case php.ini didn't show up, only a php.ini.default

  4. Now, copy the php.ini.default file named as php.ini:

    sudo cp php.ini.default php.ini

  5. In order to edit, change the permissions of the file:

    sudo chmod ug+w php.ini

    sudo chgrp staff php.ini

  6. Open directory and edit the php.ini file:

    open .

    Tip: If you are not able to edit the php.ini due to some permissions issue then copy 'php.ini.default' and paste it on your desktop and rename it to 'php.ini' then open it and edit it following step 7. Then move (copy+paste) it in /etc folder. Issue will be resolved.

  7. Search for [Date] and make sure the following line is in the correct format:

    date.timezone = "Europe/Amsterdam"

I hope this could help you out.

~ Answered on 2014-10-16 22:53:40

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