Cron Setup through Cpanel and Linux command

What is Cron

Cron which is also known as Cron Job its basically a script that has some piece of code which is executed independently on server on scheduled time. Any command or script runs repeatedly based on scheduled time. The Cron daemon runs as a background service on server to check whether any cron job is scheduled on that particular time or not. Cron Job entries are made on /etc/crontab file.


How to setup Cron

Threre are two way to setup the Cron

i) Cron Setup through Cpanel

ii) Cron Setup through Command line

i) Cron Setup through Cpanel

Under “Advance” tab you will see “Cron Jobs” section.

Cron Jobs

Just need to click on this above icon to setup the cron. You can setup cron with this

Cron Jobs

ii) Cron Setup through Command line

Add/Edit CronJobs through Command line

On your command prompt you need to write below command

crontab -e

Syntax of Contab Field Description

1 2 3 4 5 /path to command argument 1 arguement2


  • 1: Minute (0-59)

  • 2: Hours (0-23)

  • 3: Day (0-31)

  • 4: Month (0-12 [12 == December])

  • 5: Day of the week(0-7 [7 or 0 == sunday])

  • /path/to/Script – Script or command name to schedule

Easy to remember :

* * * * * Script path name
- - - - -
| | | | |
| | | | ----- Day of week (0 - 7) (Sunday=0 or 7)
| | | ------- Month (1 - 12)
| | --------- Day of month (1 - 31)
| ----------- Hour (0 - 23)
------------- Minute (0 - 59)
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