Cron Job Every 4 Hours (Crontab)

This page will help you quickly and easily set up a cron job to run every 4 hours.

The Cron Job/Crontab

To have your task run at this frequency, use the following cron:

0 */4 * * *

This cron command translates to the following (in Human-Readable format):

“Every 4 hours.”

What is a Cron Job & Crontab?

A cron job is a time-based task that is typically set up to run automatically at regular intervals. For example, a cron job might be used to send out a daily email report or to back up files every night.

A crontab is a file containing commands and instructions for the cron daemon to execute.

Cron Fields

Every cron job uses five fields. Here is an explanation of what each field does in this cron, which runs “every 4 hours“:

  • Field 1: (0) indicates that the task will be run at minute 0.
  • Field 2: (*/4) indicates that the task will be run every 4 hours.
  • Field 3: (*) indicates that the task will be run every day of the month.
  • Field 4: (*) indicates that the task will be run every month.
  • Field 5: (*) indicates that the task will be run every day of the week.
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    FUN FACT: If you want to see what commands are scheduled in your crontab, type: “crontab -l”.

    Use Cases

    You might want to set up a crontab or cron job to run every 4 hours for several reasons, including:

    • run a script to update data in a database
    • run a backup script
    • send out an email report

    Similar Cron Jobs

    You might also want to run a crontab:

    FUN FACT: Cron is one of the most powerful tools available on a Linux system – use it wisely!.

    Wrapping Up

    In this article, you learned how to set up a cron job that runs every 4 hours. Please share this page with friends and colleagues if you find it useful.

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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.

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