Date/Time Missing In the Menu Bar in Ubuntu 13.10? Here’s the Fix!

If you have upgraded your Ubuntu machine to Ubuntu Saucy 13.10, one of the things that you might find missing is the date/time indicator in the menu bar. And if you visit the “System Settings -> Time and Date -> Clock” section, you might find that the option to add it to the menu bar is greyed out and disabled.


If you are having this problem, here’s the fix.

1. Reinstall indicator-datetime. It should be installed by default, but just in case you have removed it unknowingly, it is best to run the install command again.

2. Next, we are going to reconfigure the date time:

3. Lastly, restart unity.

That’s it. The date and time indicator will appear in the menu bar now.


  1. Great .. worked perfectly … thanks …

  2. THIS SOLUTION WILL NOT WORK. The problem is the server location. If you chose a server that is out of your geographic area, this problem occurs. Use Synaptic to correct. Choose the server that is for your region. In my case, my region was China, but the server for repositories was UK. Setting the server to China, then reboot, fixed the problem, permanently.

  3. GRT!!!, It works. By the way, can you tell what could have the problem. Because, i’d not done any thing in my DATETIME setting & it just vanish from my menu bar.

    1. There is nothing wrong with you or your system. It is just a bug in Ubuntu 13.10.

  4. Thanks a lot, it worked perfectly

  5. thanks……. =D

  6. Thanks, worked!

  7. I had to reinstall indicator-datetime through synaptic and then it worked

  8. Thanks from Spain. It worked.

  9. FANTASTIC!!! Thank you!!

  10. THANKS from BCN
    Very good explained.
    it functions very well.

  11. Tnx many!!!! It works perfectly!!!

  12. Excelent! Works!

  13. Thank you very much!!

  14. thanks worked perfect

  15. Great .. worked perfectly … thanks …

  16. Thank you. Muchas gracias!

  17. sos un crack

  18. It worked perfectly. Thanks

  19. At work I always need to see the time like every 30 mins.
    In my Ubuntu 13,10 it was all fine until I accepted to install an update… then the time dissapeared

  20. It worked perfectly. Thanks

  21. I got this problem today. Thanks for the solution. It worked.

  22. Arreglado, thanks

  23. Thanks, it worked perfectly

  24. Worked wonders! tks!

  25. Perfect! Worked like a charm.

  26. Thanks for that – mine suddenly disappeared in the last day or so and this has got it back.
    Most grateful.

  27. Thank you! Works perfectly.

  28. Perfect on Ubuntu 14.04 :) Thanks!!

  29. THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!! :D :D :D

  30. Thanks, but its work for me to just restart the unity.

  31. Great! Works Excellent! Thanks a lot

  32. Works on 14.04 LTS.

  33. Thanks! Works on 14.04 LTS

  34. Thanks, it worked perfectly on 14.04 LTS

  35. Thank you

  36. Muchas gracias!

  37. Ubuntu 14.04, confirmed.

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