The Cron Job/Crontab
To have your task run at this frequency, use the following cron:
0 23 */3 * *
This cron command translates to the following (in Human-Readable format):
“Every 3 days at 11:00 pm.”
What is a Cron Job & Crontab?
In computing, a cron job is a time-based task that is set to run at certain predetermined times or intervals. A cron job can be used to schedule anything from basic tasks like running backups to more complex tasks like sending out email alerts or syncing files between servers. Cron jobs are typically used for maintenance or administrative tasks that need to be performed on a regular basis.
The crontab is a file that contains instructions for the cron daemon. The crontab is typically edited using the crontab command.
Every cron job uses five fields. Here is an explanation of what each field does in this cron, which runs “every 3 days at 11:00 pm“:
FUN FACT: If you need to delete a cron job, simply remove the corresponding line from the crontab file and save your changes..
You might want to set up a crontab or cron job to run every 3 days at 11:00 pm for several reasons, including:
- Checking for updates to a software every 3 days
- Sending out a reminder email every 3 days
- Generating a report every 3 days
Similar Cron Jobs
You might also want to run a crontab:
- every 3 days
- every 7 days
- every 4 days
- every 8 days
- every 10 days
- every 5 days
- every 7 days at 7:30 am
- every 9 days at 8:00 pm
- every 5 days at 2:00 am
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 cron job cheat sheet for a list of hundreds of popular cron jobs.