The Cron Job/Crontab
To have your task run at this frequency, use the following cron:
0 0 5 */3 *
This cron command translates to the following (in Human-Readable format):
“Every 3 months on day 5 of the month.”
What is a Cron Job & Crontab?
A cron job is a Linux utility used for scheduling the execution of commands or scripts at a specified time and date. Cron is typically used for system maintenance or administration, such as running backups or log rotation.
A crontab is a file that contains commands to be run at specified times. The crontab file is typically edited using the crontab command, which can be used to list, edit, or delete the contents of the file.
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 5 of the month“:
FUN FACT: Cron is typically used for things like system maintenance tasks, running backups etc..
You might want to set up a crontab or cron job to run every 3 months on day 5 of the month for several reasons, including:
- Rotate backups
- Update a cache
- Reindex a search engine
- Generate reports
Similar Cron Jobs
You might also want to run a crontab:
- every 1 month
- every 4 months
- every 2 months
- every 6 months
- every 5 months
- every 3 months
- every 1 month on day 10 of the month
- every 5 months on day 21 of the month
- every 2 months on day 25 of the month
FUN FACT: Cron jobs are named after the Greek god of time, Chronos – so now you know where the name comes from!.
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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.