For my Django application, I had to set the time zone to UTC, however I am not able to set it as I couldn't find any tables related to time zone in the system database.

How do I get those? the scripts available in here https://dev.mysql.com/downloads/timezones.html only relates to loading of data in the tables and not creating them.

  • MySQL Version: 5.7
  • OS: Windows

3 Answers 3


I used to face the same issue as you and I resolved it by following these quick steps.

Please follow below:


  • MySQL Version: 5.7

  • OS: Windows 10 (64 bit)


  • Download the package that contains the data files of pre-built time zone tables. You can download here https://dev.mysql.com/downloads/timezones.html
    • timezone_2018e_posix_sql.zip - POSIX standard for MySQL version 5.7
  • Extract the downloaded package, you will then have a file named timezone_posix.sql
  • Open a command line in the root directory of MySQL. Ex: On my computer this is "C:\Program Files\MySQL\MySQL Server 5.7\bin"
  • Run the command mysql -u root -p to login to MySQL with root access and then enter password.
  • Run the command show databases; to view all database. You will see a database named mysql. You need to insert data into the mysql database
    • Run the command use mysql;
  • Finally, you can insert data by issuing the command source *path timezone_posix.sql*.

After inserting the timezone data, you can test by issuing the following query:

 SELECT CONVERT_TZ('2018-07-02 14:46:46','utc','America/Los_Angeles')

If the result is not null, you're successful!!!


mysql_tzinfo_to_sql — Load the Time Zone Tables : http://dev.mysql.com/doc/refman/5.7/en/mysql-tzinfo-to-sql.html this might help you

  • Thanks gongsun, however my OS is windows so the above doesn't hold true for me.
    – nishith83
    Sep 13, 2016 at 6:21

For Windows installations, see this page in MySQL documentation: Time zone description tables, where it states:

This package contains time zone description tables which can be used with the MySQL server by users whose systems do not include zoneinfo files (e.g. Microsoft Windows, HP-UX).

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