The Cron Job/Crontab
To have your task run at this frequency, use the following cron:
0 14-16 * * *
This cron command translates to the following (in Human-Readable format):
“Every hour between 2:00 pm and 4:00 pm.”
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 system maintenance or administration tasks, such as backing up data or updating software.
A crontab is a file containing commands and instructions for the cron daemon to execute.
Every cron job uses five fields. Here is an explanation of what each field does in this cron, which runs “every hour between 2:00 pm and 4:00 pm“:
FUN FACT: Cron is typically used for things like system maintenance tasks, running backups etc..
You might want to set up a crontab or cron job to run every hour between 2:00 pm and 4:00 pm for several reasons, including:
- Sending a reminder email to a user
- Generating a report
- Updating data in a database
- Making an HTTP request
Similar Cron Jobs
You might also want to run a crontab:
- every 2 hours
- every 7 hours
- every 4 hours
- every 12 hours
- every 9 hours
- every 10 hours
- every hour between 5:00 am and 2:00 pm
- every 7 hours at 20 minutes past the hour
- every hour between 11:00 am and 7:00 pm
FUN FACT: When editing your crontab, it is important to use a text editor that supports Unix-style line endings (LF), as opposed to Windows-style line endings (CRLF)..
In this article, you learned how to set up a cron job that runs every hour between 2:00 pm and 4:00 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.