Cron Job Every Hour Between 1:00 pm & 8:00 pm (Crontab)

This page will help you quickly and easily set up a cron job to run every hour between 1:00 pm and 8:00 pm.

The Cron Job/Crontab

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

0 13-20 * * *

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

“Every hour between 1:00 pm and 8:00 pm.”

What is a Cron Job & Crontab?

A cron job is a time-based task that is set to run at a specific interval. For example, a cron job could be set to run every day at midnight in order to update a database or send out nightly emails. Cron jobs are typically used for maintenance tasks that need to be performed regularly.

Crontab files are typically stored in the /etc/crontab file, but they can also be stored in individual user’s home directories. To edit your own crontab file, you can use the command “crontab -e”. This will open up the file in your default text editor.

Cron Fields

Every cron job uses five fields. Here is an explanation of what each field does in this cron, which runs “every hour between 1:00 pm and 8:00 pm“:

  • Field 1: (0) indicates that the task will be run at minute 0.
  • Field 2: (13-20) indicates that the task will be run between hours 13 and 20 (1 pm to 8 pm).
  • 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: Cron jobs are named after the Greek god Chronos, who represents time itself..

    Use Cases

    You might want to set up a crontab or cron job to run every hour between 1:00 pm and 8:00 pm for several reasons, including:

    • Scheduling a meeting
    • Checking the weather forecast
    • Making dinner reservations
    • Buying concert tickets

    Similar Cron Jobs

    You might also want to run a crontab:

    FUN FACT: Cron jobs are stored in a file called “crontab”, which is short for “cron table”..

    Wrapping Up

    In this article, you learned how to set up a cron job that runs every hour between 1:00 pm and 8:00 pm. 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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