Monday 15 October 2018

Ubuntu 18.04 Bionic Beaver ntp inactive dead

Having installed ntp services on Ubuntu 18.04, we had to manually start manually on any reboot  using:
               sudo service start ntp

It turns out that in Ubuntu 18.04, systemd has an in-built timesync service that fires on boot called systemd-timesyncd. I believe this service was clashing with ntp and causing ntp to fail to start.

I’ve carried out the following to disable systemd-timesyncd on all three time servers, and to replace it with ntp:
sudo systemctl stop systemd-timesyncd
sudo systemctl disable systemd-timesyncd
sudo systemctl status systemd-timesyncd
sudo systemctl enable ntp
suso systemctl start ntp
sudo systemctl status ntp

All timeservers now appear to start ntp correctly.


  1. Hello, Karl!

    I followed your instructions and the question was solved. Thanks for sharing!

    Best regards,


  2. Thanks for the feedback and I'm glad t help you out.