Crontab Generator

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Generate the crontab you need to schedule cron jobs on your server with the Coveloping Crontab Generator.

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What is Crontab?

Cron is a process running on unix-based systems to check crontab (cron table) files and execute the commands they contain at specific dates and times or intervals. You can set up a cron job to execute a command from every minute to a specific date and time each year. Commonly it is used for web application background tasks, such as periodic database updates or taking a database backup.

How Crontab works

Within a crontab file, each line represents a job to be executed at the scheduled time. A job line is made up of five parts to indicate when it should run, and then a command. Here's an example of a crontab job to execute a script every minute:

* * * * * /home/script.sh

The stars in order represent the minute, hour, day, month and weekday that a task should run, the stars can also be represented by numbers and a series of special characters. For example you can make a job run at exactly 5 minutes past every hour by just stating the number like so:

5 * * * * /home/script.sh

Alternatively intervals can be represented with a slash, so */5 would indicate the job should run every five minutes in the following example:

5/ * * * * /home/script.sh

Ranges can be indicated using a dash (-), and you can also use commas to separate a list.

How to use the Crontab Generator to schedule Cron jobs

To use the the crontab generator simply:

    • Choose on the drop downs the period of time you would like the job to repeat (e.g. run every x minutes), or run each hour at the specific time (e.g. run on x minute of each hour).
    • If you want your job to run on a specific day or days you can also use the weekday checkboxes.
    • Enter the command you would like to run at the scheduled time.
    • Click to generate the crontab job.

Adding the crontab job on your server

To add the crontab job to your server, connect via SSH to your server and use the command:

crontab -e

Paste the generated crontab onto a new line (make sure you press enter after the job to create a new line). Save and exit the file and your crontab job will run at the next allocated time. You do not need to restart the server for this to take affect.

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