Cron Job Every 8 Minutes (Crontab)

This page will help you quickly and easily set up a cron job to run every 8 minutes.

The Cron Job/Crontab

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

*/8 * * * *

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

“Every 8 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 typically used for automating tasks, such as running backups or sending emails.

A crontab is a text file that contains a list of commands to be run at specified times. The commands in the crontab are executed by the cron daemon, which runs on most Unix-like systems.

Cron Fields

Every cron job uses five fields. Here is an explanation of what each field does in this cron, which runs “every 8 minutes“:

  • Field 1: (*/8) indicates that the task will be run every 8 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: Cron jobs are named after the Greek god of time, Chronos – so now you know where the name comes from!.

    Use Cases

    You might want to set up a crontab or cron job to run every 8 minutes for several reasons, including:

    • Scheduling a task to be executed every 8 minutes
    • Checking if a certain service is up and running every 8 minutes
    • Executing a backup script every 8 minutes

    Similar Cron Jobs

    You might also want to run a crontab:

    FUN FACT: Cron jobs can be used to automate just about any task that needs to be performed regularly – so get creative and see what you can come up with!.

    Wrapping Up

    In this article, you learned how to set up a cron job that runs every 8 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 cron job cheat sheet for a list of hundreds of popular cron jobs.

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