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What Do I Put for the Cron Job Command?

Last modified: July 2, 2022
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What Do I Put for the Cron Job Command ?

The following commands can be used on any Linux web hosting plan, including shared hosting, virtual private servers (VPS), and dedicated servers, as long as Easy Apache 3 is installed. They cannot be used on Windows hosting or VPS that have Plesk installed.

Command line examples only! Bold sections must be changed.

Note: You may need to adjust /home/ to /home#/ depending on the home directory on which your account resides. To view the home directory for your account simply view the stats column on the main cPanel page of your account, and look for the home directory.


EasyApache 3

Command to run a PHP 7.0 cron job:

/opt/php70/bin/php /home/username/public_html/cron.php

Command to run a PHP 5 cron job:


Command to run a PHP 4 cron job:


Optional flags are sometimes required for a PHP cron job:

php -q /home/username/public_html/cron.php


Command to use a specific php.ini file:

php -c /home/username/public_html/php.ini /home/username/public_html/myscript.php

Command to GET a remote file:



Command to run a CGI cron job:

perl /home/username/public_html/cgi-bin/


Command to run a code script cron job:

/bin/sh /home/username/public_html/


Note: It is a good practice to not type your password out in the follow commands but to simply use the -p flag alone and have the system prompt you for the password. This is way your password stays secure and is never on the server as plain text.

Command to import a database:

mysql -u mysql_user -ppassword database_name < backup.sql

Command to export a database:

mysqldump -u mysql_user -ppassword database_name > backup.sql

How Do I Create and Delete a Cron Job?

Cron jobs run scheduled commands at specific times. The Cron Jobs tool in cPanel is helpful for setting up automated maintenance and other unmanned server duties.

Create a Cron Job

1. Firstly, log into cPanel.

2. Secondly, click Cron Jobs in the Advanced section.

3. Next, Under Cron Email, make sure the current email address is valid. If not, enter a new, valid email and click Update Email. You will receive an email after the cron job has finished.

4. Under Add New Cron Job, use the Common Settings drop-down menu to choose from a list of regularly used intervals; or set the frequency of your cron job by using the drop-down box next to each time unit. Common settings range from every minute to once a year.

5. Then, enter the desired command in the Command field.

6. Lastly, click Add New Cron Job.

Your cron job will then be execute a file at a certain time, date and repetition, according to the settings you selected.

Remove or Edit a Cron Job

1. Firstly, click the Cron Jobs icon in the Advanced section of cPanel.

2. Next, scroll down to the last section called Current Cron Jobs.

3. Then, find the cron job you wish to edit or delete.

4. Lastly, click either Edit or Delete under Actions.

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