I have applied following things to make Default time zone to my local timezone i.e. 'Asia/Calcutta' --

1) changed in config.xml -


2) Changed in Mage.php -

 if (is_readable($localConfigFile)) {
                $localConfig = simplexml_load_file($localConfigFile);
                if (($date = $localConfig->global->install->date) && strtotime($date)) {
                    self::$_isInstalled = true;

Now when I am trying to insert any time in db using this code

Mage::getModel('core/date')->date('Y-m-d H:i:s');,

it does not work according to current timezone and saves 5:30 hours ahead date in DB. can anyone tell me how can I do it or Have I done something wrong in default timezone settings.

  • Why would you do that? Just set the time on your server. Mar 9, 2016 at 15:47
  • I have done that already before doing all above. Mar 9, 2016 at 16:59
  • Why would you want that? As long as it is converted correct when the data is shown in the backend I think it's fine? Mar 9, 2016 at 17:31
  • Then How can I save date in Db in my timezone and other plugins are also using above code to save date in DB. Mar 9, 2016 at 18:56

1 Answer 1


I believe what you need to do it go to System > Configuration > General > General > Localization options and change the default timezone to "India Standard Time" then Save.
I think this is what prevents you from having the right time saved in the DB.

  • I have already done that. Mar 10, 2016 at 8:43
  • ok, create a test.php as the root of your Magento, then load Magento in it and echo date('Y-m-d H:i:s'), tell us what it outputs. Mar 10, 2016 at 9:35
  • Yes it shows correct time...But I have to change this code at many place even in other plugins as well which is not good. Mar 10, 2016 at 21:00
  • I don't see why you bothered with Mage::getModel('core/date')->date('Y-m-d H:i:s'); in the first place, because PHP's date() will scale with the server's time. I'm sorry but I don't have an answer for your problem then. Mar 11, 2016 at 8:05

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