cPanel 10 Tutorial: Cron Jobs

How to use Cron Jobs

A cron job allows you to run a certain command at times set by the job. For example, you could set a cron job to delete temporary files every week so that your disk space is not being used up by those files.

To access the Cron Jobs Menu, click on the icon above the words Cron jobs on the main screen of your cPanel interface.

The Cron Jobs Menu in the x2 theme appears as follows:

There are two different modes you can use to add a cron job: Standard and Advanced (UNIX Style)

Standard Cron Jobs Mod

The Standard mode provides a range of pre-set options that you can choose. This is the simplest method and is recommended.

Adding a cron job in standard mode

Step 1: To access the Cron Jobs Menu, click on the icon above the words Cron jobs on the main screen of your cPanel interface.

Step 2: Click on Standard to access the Standard Cron Manager.

Step 3: Enter the email address where the cron output will be sent to in the field:

Step 4: Enter the command you wish the cron job to run in the blank field next to Command to run:

Step 5: Select how often you wish the command to be run by selecting an option in each of the boxes.

Step 6: Click on Save Crontab to save your changes and set up your cron job.

Troubleshooting Tips: The command run by the cron job must be a valid command. Try running the command first from the command line to make sure it works before adding it to a cron job.

Deleting a cron job in standard mode

When a cron job is no longer needed, you should delete it so the command will not continue to run.

Step 1: To access the Cron Jobs Menu, click on the icon above the words Cron jobs on the main screen of your cPanel interface.

Step 2: Click on Standard to access the Standard Cron Manager.

Step 3: Click on next to the cron job you wish to delete.