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How To Find Installation Date and Time of Linux OS


Hi guys, In this tutorial, We will illustrate a few ways to find Linux OS’s installation date and time.

Find Installation Date and Time

Here are some methods below to get the OS’s installation date and time

  • Check Linux OS installation date with stat command as follows
stat / | grep "Birth" | sed 's/Birth: //g' | cut -b 2-11

stat command will display file status in Linux with some manipulation tools such as sed editor and cut as shown above.

  • Also you can use awk with stat to display Linux installation date as shown below
stat / | awk '/Birth: /{print $1,$2}'

The installation date and time of my Linux OS is Jul 26, 2021.

  • Also you can use stat command without sed, cut and awk as per stat command has a flag to check Linux installation date and time, just run the below command
stat -c %w /
  • On Debian based systems, search in the syslog to get Linux OS installation date and time as shown below
sudo head -n1 /var/log/installer/syslog
  •  If these logs were deleted or you couldn’t find them, you can find the installation date with another way like below, just run the command:
fs=$(df / | tail -1 | cut -f1 -d' ') && tune2fs -l $fs | grep created
  • You can get Installation date with the Basesystem which defines the components of a basic Linux system such as the package installation, to use the Basesystem to find the Installation date and time, run the command below:
rpm -qi basesystem
  • Also you can use grep with the previous command as follows to only get the needed output:
rpm -qi basesystem | grep -i date
  • Or use the command below:
rpm -q basesystem --qf '%{installtime:date}\n'
  • Also you can download this script and run it then you will get the Installation date, So download it with the command belwo
wget -O
  • Make the script executable
chmod +x
  • Run the script to get the date and time of Linux OS installation


That’s it

We showed you how to find Linux OS’s installation date and time with some ways, you can choose one of them to do that.



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