Named Timezone Support in MySQL

MySQL, by default, does not “support” named timezones, therefore you could get errors similar to Unknown or incorrect time zone: 'Europe/Prague'. In fact, MySQL just does not know the correct timeshift for this name and allows you to import the configuration.


  1. Import named timezones (see bellow, recommended).
  2. Use setting connectionTz with value auto-offset, which will use “offset” time zone setting. This will produce correct datetime in PHP, however, your SQL functions may start returning incorrect results, because MySQL won't be able to calculate proper difference between two date time since in “offset” mode there are no day-light saving shifts.

Importing Named Timezones#


Run this command, where root is the user name which has access to mysql database.

mysql_tzinfo_to_sql /usr/share/zoneinfo | mysql -u root mysql

For MySQL 5.7+ download zipped SQL inserts from http://dev.mysql.com/…mezones.html and run them in context of mysql database.

For MySQL up to 5.6 download archive from http://dev.mysql.com/…mezones.html. Unzip the archive and copy the files to your mysql database in data dir (eg. C:\<your mysql dir>\data\mysql).