The Cron Job/Crontab
To have your task run at this frequency, use the following cron:
0 0 31 */3 *
This cron command translates to the following (in Human-Readable format):
“Every 3 months on day 31 of the month.”
What is a Cron Job & Crontab?
A cron job is a time-based task that is set to run at specific intervals. This can be anything from running a script every hour to backing up a database every day. Cron jobs are typically used for maintenance or automation purposes.
A crontab (also known as a “cron table”) is a file that contains a list of commands that are executed at specified times.
Every cron job uses five fields. Here is an explanation of what each field does in this cron, which runs “every 3 months on day 31 of the month“:
FUN FACT: You can use cron to schedule just about anything!.
You might want to set up a crontab or cron job to run every 3 months on day 31 of the month for several reasons, including:
- Checking for updates to a software package
- Deleting temporary files that are no longer needed
- Generating monthly reports
- Sending out reminder emails
Similar Cron Jobs
You might also want to run a crontab:
- every 5 months
- every 2 months
- every 3 months
- every 1 month
- every 6 months on day 2 of the month
- every 5 months on day 13 of the month
FUN FACT: If you want to edit your personal crontab, just type: “crontab -e” at the command prompt..
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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.