The Cron Job/Crontab
To have your task run at this frequency, use the following cron:
0 0 */5 * *
This cron command translates to the following (in Human-Readable format):
“Every 5 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 automating tasks, such as running backups or sending emails.
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 5 days“:
FUN FACT: Cron jobs are stored in a file called “crontab”, which is short for “cron table”..
You might want to set up a crontab or cron job to run every 5 days for several reasons, including:
- Scheduling a regular backup
- Sending out a daily newsletter
- Checking for updates to a remote database
Similar Cron Jobs
You might also want to run a crontab:
- every 3 days
- every 4 days
- every 7 days
- every 1 day
- every 4 days at 6:00 pm
- every 9 days at 1:30 pm
- every 8 days at 2:00 pm
FUN FACT: Cron jobs are named after the Greek god of time, Chronos – so now you know where the name comes from!.
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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.