This page will help you quickly and easily set up a cron job to run once per day on Tuesday to Friday.
The Cron Job/Crontab
To have your task run at this frequency, use the following cron:
0 0 * * 2-5
This cron command translates to the following (in Human-Readable format):
“Once per day on Tuesday to Friday.”
What is a Cron Job & Crontab?
A cron job is a time-based task that is set to run at a specific interval. For example, a cron job can be set to run every day at midnight in order to update a database or send out nightly emails. Cron jobs are typically used for maintenance tasks that need to be performed on a regular basis.
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.
Every cron job uses five fields. Here is an explanation of what each field does in this cron, which runs “once per day on Tuesday to Friday“:
FUN FACT: If you want to edit your personal crontab, just type: “crontab -e” at the command prompt..
You might want to set up a crontab or cron job to run once per day on Tuesday to Friday for several reasons, including:
- Automatically run a backup at the end of each day
- Automatically generate reports at the end of each day
- Automatically update software at the end of each day
Similar Cron Jobs
You might also want to run a crontab:
- once per week on Tuesday
- once per week on Thursday
- once per week on Monday
- once per week on Saturday
- once per day on Sunday to Monday
- once per day on Tuesday to Thursday
- once per day on Wednesday to Thursday
FUN FACT: When editing your crontab, it is important to use a text editor that supports Unix-style line endings (LF), as opposed to Windows-style line endings (CRLF)..
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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.