Cron Job Every Minute Between 4:00 am & 2:00 pm (Crontab)

This page will help you quickly and easily set up a cron job to run every minute between 4:00 am and 2:00 pm.

The Cron Job/Crontab

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

* 4-14 * * *

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

“Every minute between 4:00 am and 2:00 pm.”

What is a Cron Job & Crontab?

A cron job is a time-based task that is set to run at a specific time or interval. This can be used to automate tasks such as running backups, sending emails, or running system maintenance scripts.

Crontab is a file that contains instructions for the cron daemon. The cron daemon is a program that runs in the background and executes tasks at specified times. The crontab file is used to specify which tasks are to be run and when they are to be run.

Cron Fields

Every cron job uses five fields. Here is an explanation of what each field does in this cron, which runs “every minute between 4:00 am and 2:00 pm“:

  • Field 1: (*) indicates that the task will be run every minute.
  • Field 2: (4-14) indicates that the task will be run between hours 4 and 14 (4 am to 2 pm).
  • 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: If you want to see what commands are scheduled in your crontab, type: “crontab -l”.

    Use Cases

    You might want to set up a crontab or cron job to run every minute between 4:00 am and 2:00 pm for several reasons, including:

    • Wake up at 6:00 am
    • Get ready for work
    • Leave for work at 7:30 am
    • Work from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm
    • Come home from work at 6:00 pm
    • Make dinner
    • Watch TV

    Similar Cron Jobs

    You might also want to run a crontab:

    FUN FACT: Each user on a system can have their own crontab, and commands in them will be executed as that user..

    Wrapping Up

    In this article, you learned how to set up a cron job that runs every minute between 4:00 am and 2:00 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.

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