The Cron Job/Crontab
To have your task run at this frequency, use the following cron:
*/14 * * * *
This cron command translates to the following (in Human-Readable format):
“Every 14 minutes.”
What is a Cron Job & Crontab?
A cron job is a scheduled task that is typically executed automatically at a predetermined time or interval. Cron jobs are often used to perform routine system maintenance tasks, such as backing up files or databases, deleting temporary files, or sending email notifications.
The crontab is a file that contains instructions for the cron daemon. The crontab is typically edited using the crontab command.
Every cron job uses five fields. Here is an explanation of what each field does in this cron, which runs “every 14 minutes“:
FUN FACT: Each user on a system can have their own crontab, and commands in them will be executed as that user..
You might want to set up a crontab or cron job to run every 14 minutes for several reasons, including:
- Checking the status of a long-running process
- Fetching data from an external API
- Running a backup script
Similar Cron Jobs
You might also want to run a crontab:
- every 5 minutes
- every 25 minutes
- every 24 minutes
- every 3 minutes
- every 7 minutes
- every minute
- every minute between 12:00 am and 1:00 am
- every minute between 12:00 am and 10:00 pm
FUN FACT: When configuring a cron job, you can specify the minute, hour, day of the month, month and day of the week when it should run – this gives you a lot of flexibility in terms of when your task will be performed automatically!.
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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.