crontab Linux Command Cheatsheet




crontab Linux command is used to run specified tasks at regular interval of time.

Syntax

[cron_expression] [command]
cron_expression -> [Minute] [hour] [Day_of_the_Month] [Month_of_the_Year] [Day_of_the_Week] 

Commands

crontab -l   # Lists the crontab entries for the current user
crontab -u <username> -l # lists crontab entries for given user
crontab -e # Opens crontab file for current user, where user can add more entries
crontab -u <username> -e # opens crontab file of specified user

Examples

* * * * * ./batch_script.sh
| | | | | |_ script/ command to run at regular interval of time
| | | | |___ day of week (0 - 7) 0,7 are for sunday
| | | |_____ month of year (1 - 12)
| | |_______ day of month (1- 31)
| |_________ hour (0 - 23)
|___________ minute (0 - 59)
ExpressionDescription
/5 * * *Every 5 Minutes
/30 * * *Every 30 Minutes
* /1 * *Every 1 Hour
* /3 * *Every 3 Hours
0 0 * * *Everyday at 00:00
0 1 * * *Everyday at 1AM
0 0 * * SUNEvery Sunday
0 0 * * 0Every Sunday
0 0 1 * *Every Month 1st day 00:00
0 0 1 1 *Every year 1st month 1st day 00:00


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