I would like the lock-screen clock and the wingpanel clock to show seconds. Is this possible?

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Yes, you can use Dconf-editor or Configurator and go to com.canonical.indicator.datetime and enable show-seconds

Or just paste this in your terminal:

gsettings set com.canonical.indicator.datetime show-seconds true

If you don't want to show seconds anymore you can use this:

gsettings set com.canonical.indicator.datetime show-seconds false
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    It doesn't work with Loki
    – Gorgo
    May 21, 2017 at 12:11
  • Report that on then ;) May 22, 2017 at 12:39

For elementary OS Juno,

gsettings set io.elementary.desktop.wingpanel.datetime clock-show-seconds true
  • Please expand your answer explaining why it's better than the accepted answer.
    – Maccer
    Aug 6, 2019 at 14:39
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    elementary OS 5.0 Juno did accept only that form. I've tried the rest and the doesn't work!
    – VLD
    Aug 12, 2019 at 14:09
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    This is working on Juno, the accepted answer is not. Nov 24, 2019 at 4:38

When I use that command it says:

No such schema "com.canonical.indicator.datetime"

Edit: the correct setting is:

(under dconf Editor) io.elementary.desktop.wingpanel.datetime -> clock-show-seconds

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    That could have changed in the current release, the problem with the question is that he/she never defined which version is using. In release-juno you are right, this is the key to achieve it
    – Sebastian
    Dec 4, 2018 at 20:43

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