Check ntp-offset


This plugin checks the clock offset in milliseconds compared to ntp servers.

If chronyd is used, prints

  • frequency

  • last offset

  • leap status

  • ref time (utc)

  • reference id

  • residual freq

  • rms offset

  • root delay

  • root dispersion

  • skew

  • stratum

  • system time

  • update interval

If systemd-timesyncd is used and systemd v239 or higher is available, prints

  • delay

  • frequency

  • jitter

  • leap

  • offset

  • packet count

  • poll interval

  • precision

  • reference

  • root distance

  • server

  • stratum

  • version

If ntpd is used, prints

  • address of the remote peer

  • reference ID ( if this is unknown)

  • stratum of the remote peer

  • type of the peer (local, unicast, multicast or broadcast)

  • when the last packet was received

  • polling interval in seconds

  • reachability register in octal

  • and the current estimated delay, offset and dispersion of the peer

ntpd is deprecated on RHEL/CentOS 8+.

The stratum of the NTP time source determines its quality. The stratum is equal to the number of hops to a reference clock (which is stratum 0). A NTP server connected directly to the reference clock is Stratum 1, a client connected to this NTP server is Stratum 2, etc.

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Check Interval Recommendation

Once a minute

Can be called without parameters


Available for

Python 2, Python 3




usage: ntp-offset2 [-h] [-V] [-c CRIT] [-w WARN]

This plugin checks the clock offset in milliseconds compared to ntp servers.

optional arguments:
  -h, --help            show this help message and exit
  -V, --version         show program's version number and exit
  -c CRIT, --critical CRIT
                        Set the critical threshold for the ntp time offset, in
                        ms. Default: 1001ms
  -w WARN, --warning WARN
                        Set the warning threshold for the ntp time offset, in
                        ms. Default: 800ms

Usage Examples

./ntp-offset --warning 500 --critical 1000


chronyd: NTP offset is 0.024477ms (Stratum 3).
Reference ID    : C3BA0464 (
Stratum         : 3
Ref time (UTC)  : Sun Oct 10 12:33:45 2021
System time     : 0.000027508 seconds fast of NTP time
Last offset     : +0.000024477 seconds
RMS offset      : 0.000316547 seconds
Frequency       : 0.991 ppm slow
Residual freq   : +0.005 ppm
Skew            : 0.428 ppm
Root delay      : 0.004524656 seconds
Root dispersion : 0.002856827 seconds
Update interval : 259.2 seconds
Leap status     : Normal


  • WARN or CRIT if ntp offset is above a given threshold.

  • WARN if stratum is >= 9.

Perfdata / Metrics

  • Time Offset (Milliseconds)


No NTP server used.

This message occurs when

  • ntpd is running, and ntpd does not returns any ntp server

  • any of chrony, ntpd or systemd-timesyncd uses the LOCAL clock

In both cases UNKNOWN is returned.

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