Cron Job at 7 am Everyday and Other Crontab Examples

Cron is the Linux system for repeated scheduled tasks. Below are a few examples on how to use cron, what the fields mean, and how they work.

List out Cron Jobs for Current User

crontab -l

Edit Cron Jobs for Current User

crontab -e
* * * * * * /path/to/command
| | | | | | | 
| | | | | | + /path/to/your/command
| | | | | +-- Year              (range: 1900-3000)
| | | | +---- Day of the Week   (range: 1-7, 1 is Monday, 7 is Sunday)
| | | +------ Month of the Year (range: 1-12)
| | +-------- Day of the Month  (range: 1-31)
| +---------- Hour              (range: 0-23)
+------------ Minute            (range: 0-59)

Crontab Column Meanings

Minute Hour Day_of_the_Month Month_of_the_Year Day_of_the_Week Year /your/command

Examples

Everyday at 7 am

0 7 * * * /your/command

Everyday at 9:30 am

30 9 * * * /your/command

Everyday at 9:30 am, Monday Through Friday

30 9 * * 1,2,3,4,5 /your/command

1st Day of the Month at 12:30 am

30 0 1 * * * /your/command

Every Tuesday at Midnight

0 0 * * 2 * /your/command

Every Friday at Midnight

0 0 * * 5 * /your/command

Every 2 Minutes

*/2 * * * * /your/command

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