The Cron Job/Crontab
To have your task run at this frequency, use the following cron:
0 16 */5 * *
This cron command translates to the following (in Human-Readable format):
“Every 5 days at 4:00 pm.”
What is a Cron Job & Crontab?
A cron job is a task that is scheduled to run at a specified time or interval. Cron jobs are commonly used to automate system maintenance or administration tasks, such as running backups or sending emails.
A crontab (also known as a “cron table”) is a file that contains a list of commands that are executed at specified times.
Every cron job uses five fields. Here is an explanation of what each field does in this cron, which runs “every 5 days at 4:00 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!.
You might want to set up a crontab or cron job to run every 5 days at 4:00 pm for several reasons, including:
- Scheduling a meeting
- Sending out a daily digest of news articles
- Calculating statistics on website usage
- Backing up data
- Checking for updates to software
Similar Cron Jobs
You might also want to run a crontab:
FUN FACT: If you need to temporarily disable a cron job, you can simply comment out the line in the crontab file that corresponds to that particular task..
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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.