The Cron Job/Crontab
To have your task run at this frequency, use the following cron:
0 */2 * * *
This cron command translates to the following (in Human-Readable format):
“Every 2 hours.”
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 commonly used to automate system maintenance or administration tasks, such as running backups or sending emails.
Each user has their own crontab file, and the commands in this file are only executed by that particular user. The file contains instructions for the cron daemon. To edit your crontab file, you can use the crontab command.
Every cron job uses five fields. Here is an explanation of what each field does in this cron, which runs “every 2 hours“:
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..
You might want to set up a crontab or cron job to run every 2 hours for several reasons, including:
- Automatically backing up a database
- Generating reports
- Checking for system updates
- Sending out reminders
Similar Cron Jobs
You might also want to run a crontab:
- every 7 hours
- every 2 hours
- every 3 hours
- every 10 hours
- every 11 hours
- every 4 hours at 50 minutes past the hour
- every 8 hours at 40 minutes past the hour
- every 3 hours at 30 minutes past the hour
FUN FACT: Cron jobs are named after the Greek god Chronos, who represents time itself..
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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.