The Cron Job/Crontab
To have your task run at this frequency, use the following cron:
0 1 * * *
This cron command translates to the following (in Human-Readable format):
“Every 1 day at 1:00 am.”
What is a Cron Job & Crontab?
A cron job is a task that is scheduled to run at a specific time or interval. Cron jobs are typically used for automating system maintenance or administration tasks, such as running backups or sending email reports.
A crontab is a text file containing a list of commands that are executed at specified times. The commands in the crontab are executed by the cron daemon, which runs in the background and checks for new entries every minute.
Every cron job uses five fields. Here is an explanation of what each field does in this cron, which runs “every 1 day at 1:00 am“:
FUN FACT: Cron jobs are named after the Greek god of time, Chronos – so now you know where the name comes from!.
You might want to set up a crontab or cron job to run every 1 day at 1:00 am for several reasons, including:
- Run a backup of the system
- Generate a report on system usage
- Pull data from an external source
- Perform maintenance tasks
Similar Cron Jobs
You might also want to run a crontab:
- every 6 days
- every 3 days
- every 4 days
- every 2 days
- every 6 days at 3:00 pm
- every 1 day at 8:00 pm
- every 8 days at 11:30 am
FUN FACT: Each user on a system can have their own crontab, and commands in them will be executed as that user..
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If you are looking for cron jobs that run at certain minutes, hours, days, weekdays, or months, or if you are looking for miscellaneous cron jobs, then check out our relevant sections, or visit our cron job cheat sheet for a list of hundreds of popular cron jobs.