The Cron Job/Crontab
To have your task run at this frequency, use the following cron:
0 11 */2 * *
This cron command translates to the following (in Human-Readable format):
“Every 2 days at 11:00 am.”
What is a Cron Job & Crontab?
A cron job is a time-based task that is set to run at specific intervals. This can be anything from running a script every hour to backing up a database every day. Cron jobs are typically used for maintenance tasks or tasks that need to be performed regularly, such as checking for updates or sending out reports.
A crontab is a file containing commands and instructions for the cron daemon to execute.
Every cron job uses five fields. Here is an explanation of what each field does in this cron, which runs “every 2 days at 11:00 am“:
FUN FACT: If you want to see what commands are scheduled in your crontab, type: “crontab -l”.
You might want to set up a crontab or cron job to run every 2 days at 11:00 am for several reasons, including:
- Sending out a daily report at 11:00 am every 2 days
- Checking for updates to a software package every 2 days at 11:00 am
- Running a backup script every 2 days at 11:00 am
Similar Cron Jobs
You might also want to run a crontab:
- every 8 days
- every 5 days
- every 7 days
- every 3 days
- every 10 days
- every 4 days
- every 2 days at 10:00 pm
- every 8 days at 9:00 pm
- every 8 days at 3:00 pm
FUN FACT: When configuring a cron job, you can specify the minute, hour, day of the month, month and day of the week when it should run – this gives you a lot of flexibility in terms of when your task will be performed automatically!.
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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.