The Cron Job/Crontab
To have your task run at this frequency, use the following cron:
0 0 16 */5 *
This cron command translates to the following (in Human-Readable format):
“Every 5 months on day 16 of the month.”
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 system maintenance or administration tasks, such as backing up data or updating software.
A crontab is a table or list of commands that are scheduled to run at specified times. The commands in a crontab file (also called a “cron table”) are normally executed by the cron daemon, which runs in the background and executes these commands automatically.
Every cron job uses five fields. Here is an explanation of what each field does in this cron, which runs “every 5 months on day 16 of the month“:
FUN FACT: Cron is one of the most powerful tools available on a Linux system – use it wisely!.
You might want to set up a crontab or cron job to run every 5 months on day 16 of the month for several reasons, including:
- To send a reminder email to customers every 5 months to renew their subscription
- To generate reports every 5 months on the 16th day of the month
- To perform maintenance tasks every 5 months on the 16th day
Similar Cron Jobs
You might also want to run a crontab:
- every 5 months
- every 1 month
- every 3 months
- every 6 months
- every 2 months
- every 1 month on day 12 of the month
- every 5 months on day 6 of the month
- every 3 months on day 22 of the month
FUN FACT: If you want to see what commands are scheduled in your crontab, type: “crontab -l”.
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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.