The HTTP Time Protocol (HTP) is used to synchronize a computers time with
web servers as reference time source. This program can be used instead
of ntpdate or similar in networks that have a firewall blocking the NTP port.
Htpdate will synchronize the computer time to Greenwich Mean Time (GMT),
using the timestamps from HTTP headers found in web server responses (the
HEAD method will be used to get the information).
Htpdate works through proxy servers. Accuracy of htpdate will be usually
within 0.5 seconds (better with multiple servers).
To allow the snap package to adjust the time you need to connect the
time-control interface after installation and restart the daemon:
snap connect htpdate-daemon:time-control
You can set the list of hosts (default: google.com) to query for time
via a snap setting like:
snap set htpdate-daemon hosts="google.com www.linux.org"
You can also set additional options for the daemon
snap set htpdate-daemon extra-opts="-d"
It is recommended that you disable your hosts ntp time sync mechanism when
For versions of Ubuntu between 14.04 LTS (Trusty Tahr) and 15.10 (Wily Werewolf), as well as Ubuntu flavours that don’t include snap by default, snap can be installed from the Ubuntu Software Centre by searching for snapd.
Alternatively, snapd can be installed from the command line:
sudo apt update
sudo apt install snapd
Either log out and back in again, or restart your system, to ensure snap’s paths are updated correctly.
To install htpdate-daemon, simply use the following command: