change date and time format of clock applet in linux mint mate

in the mate desktop environment that comes with linux mint, the clock is an applet built into the panel program.

to change the date and time format, press alt+f2 or open a terminal window.  type "mateconf-editor" and press enter.  this opens the configuration editor for mate.  if you don't have this installed, type "apt-get install mate-conf-editor" in a terminal.

navigate to /apps/panel/applets/applet_clock and click on "format".  read the long description and possibly set the value to "custom".  if you use "custom", also change the "custom_format" field, which accepts the same format strings that strftime() uses.

i set custom_format to "%F %H:%M" which displays the time in the format 2012-10-13 15:17


  1. here is how to change the date/time format in ubuntu unity:

    gsettings set com.canonical.indicator.datetime time-format "'custom'"
    gsettings set com.canonical.indicator.datetime custom-time-format "%F %H:%M"

    more info here: http://askubuntu.com/questions/43999/how-to-change-the-date-format