The Cron Job/Crontab
To have your task run at this frequency, use the following cron:
* 7-17 * * *
This cron command translates to the following (in Human-Readable format):
“Every minute between 7:00 am and 5:00 pm.”
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.
Crontab files are typically stored in the /etc/crontab file, but they can also be stored in individual user’s home directories. To edit your own crontab file, you can use the command “crontab -e”. This will open up the file in your default text editor.
Every cron job uses five fields. Here is an explanation of what each field does in this cron, which runs “every minute between 7:00 am and 5:00 pm“:
FUN FACT: If you need to temporarily disable a cron job, you can simply comment out the line in the crontab file that corresponds to that particular task..
You might want to set up a crontab or cron job to run every minute between 7:00 am and 5:00 pm for several reasons, including:
- Sending an email every minute to a list of subscribers
- Checking for new data from a remote API every minute
- Running a backup script every minute
Similar Cron Jobs
You might also want to run a crontab:
- every minute
- every 7 minutes
- every 16 minutes
- every 30 minutes
- every 12 minutes
- every minute between 8:00 am and 2:00 pm
- every minute between 12:00 am and 6:00 pm
- every minute between 5:00 am and 6:00 am
FUN FACT: If you need to delete a cron job, simply remove the corresponding line from the crontab file and save your changes..
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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.