The Cron Job/Crontab
To have your task run at this frequency, use the following cron:
*/10 * * * *
This cron command translates to the following (in Human-Readable format):
“Every 10 minutes.”
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.
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 10 minutes“:
FUN FACT: Cron is one of the most versatile tools in a Linux administrator’s toolbox..
You might want to set up a crontab or cron job to run every 10 minutes for several reasons, including:
- Checking if a server is still running every 10 minutes
- Sending out a daily report at 6:00 AM every day
- Backing up databases every night at 2:00 AM
Similar Cron Jobs
You might also want to run a crontab:
- every 3 minutes
- every minute
- every 28 minutes
- every 2 minutes
- every 30 minutes
- every 12 minutes
- every minute between 12:00 am and 9:00 pm
- every minute between 12:00 am and 7:00 am
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)..
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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.