Cron Job Every 16 Minutes (Crontab)

This page will help you quickly and easily set up a cron job to run every 16 minutes.

The Cron Job/Crontab

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

*/16 * * * *

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

“Every 16 minutes.”

What is a Cron Job & Crontab?

A cron job is a scheduled task that is typically executed by the operating system on a regular basis. Cron jobs are often used to perform maintenance or administrative tasks, such as backing up data or updating software.

A crontab (also known as a “cron table”) is a file that contains a list of commands that are executed at specified times.

Cron Fields

Every cron job uses five fields. Here is an explanation of what each field does in this cron, which runs “every 16 minutes“:

  • Field 1: (*/16) indicates that the task will be run every 16 minutes.
  • Field 2: (*) indicates that the task will be run every hour.
  • 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: 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!.

    Use Cases

    You might want to set up a crontab or cron job to run every 16 minutes for several reasons, including:

    • A script which updates some data from an API
    • A script which sends out a notification 16 minutes after another event has occurred
    • A script which backs up a database every 16 minutes

    Similar Cron Jobs

    You might also want to run a crontab:

    FUN FACT: If you need to delete a cron job, simply remove the corresponding line from the crontab file and save your changes..

    Wrapping Up

    In this article, you learned how to set up a cron job that runs every 16 minutes. 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 crontab cheat sheet for a list of hundreds of popular cron jobs.

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