The Cron Job/Crontab
To have your task run at this frequency, use the following cron:
0 7 */2 * *
This cron command translates to the following (in Human-Readable format):
“Every 2 days at 7:00 am.”
What is a Cron Job & Crontab?
A cron job is a time-based task that is set to run at specific intervals. These jobs are usually used for maintenance or automation purposes. For example, a cron job could be set to delete temporary files every week so that they don’t take up space on the server.
Crontab is a file that contains commands and instructions for the cron daemon to execute. The crontab file is usually located in the /etc/cron directory. Each user on a system can have their own crontab file. The commands in the crontab files are executed by the cron daemon at the specified times.
Every cron job uses five fields. Here is an explanation of what each field does in this cron, which runs “every 2 days at 7:00 am“:
FUN FACT: Cron jobs are used to schedule commands or scripts to run automatically at a specified time and date..
You might want to set up a crontab or cron job to run every 2 days at 7:00 am for several reasons, including:
- Sending out a daily email digest of recent posts to subscribers
- Generating a report of sales data for the previous day
- Refreshing cached data from an external API
- Uploading newly added files to a remote backup server
Similar Cron Jobs
You might also want to run a crontab:
- every 6 days
- every 7 days
- every 5 days
- every 10 days
- every 2 days
- every 9 days
- every 3 days at 1:00 pm
- every 10 days at 6:30 am
- every 4 days at 6:00 pm
FUN FACT: If you want to see what commands are scheduled in your crontab, type: “crontab -l”.
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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.