Cron Job Every 2 Days (Crontab)

This page will help you quickly and easily set up a cron job to run every 2 days.

The Cron Job/Crontab

To have your task run at this frequency, use the following cron:

0 0 */2 * *

This cron command translates to the following (in Human-Readable format):

“Every 2 days.”

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 maintenance tasks, such as backing up data or updating software.

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.

Cron Fields

Every cron job uses five fields. Here is an explanation of what each field does in this cron, which runs “every 2 days“:

  • Field 1: (0) indicates that the task will be run at minute 0.
  • Field 2: (0) indicates that the task will be run at hour 0 (12 am).
  • Field 3: (*/2) indicates that the task will be run every 2 days.
  • Field 4: (*) indicates that the task will be run every month.
  • Field 5: (*) indicates that the task will be run every day of the week.
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    FUN FACT: If you want to see what commands are scheduled in your crontab, type: “crontab -l”.

    Use Cases

    You might want to set up a crontab or cron job to run every 2 days for several reasons, including:

    • Sending a reminder email every 2 days
    • Checking for updates from a remote server every 2 days
    • Running a backup script every 2 days
    • Generating reports every 2 days

    Similar Cron Jobs

    You might also want to run a crontab:

    FUN FACT: Cron jobs can be set up to run at specific times, or they can be configured to run periodically (e.g., every hour)..

    Wrapping Up

    In this article, you learned how to set up a cron job that runs every 2 days. Please share this page with friends and colleagues if you find it useful.

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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 crontab cheat sheet for a list of hundreds of popular cron jobs.

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