How to create and delete cron jobs in Vesta

We will show in this article how to create a new cron job in VestaCP. Cron jobs are automated tasks that run on server at specific time intervals.

To configure cron jobs in Vesta:

1. Connect to your VestaCP account

2. Look at the top of the page for CRON link. Click on it.

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3. You will see the list of the cron jobs. To create a new one, click the ADD CRON JOB button

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4. Enter the Command (usually it’s the “php /path/to/the/script.php”) and the interval at which do you want the cron job to be executed. VestaCP has some predefined values – choose the value you want and click the Generate button.

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5. Click the Add button. You will see a confirmation message Cron job has been created successfully.

6. You can also EDIT or DELETE cron jobs. Use the buttons on the right side.

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You can check the cron jobs with the command crontab -u username -l :

[root@webcp ~]# crontab -u john -l
CONTENT_TYPE="text/plain; charset=utf-8"
* * * * * php /home/john/cron.php
[root@webcp ~]# 

To check the cron job log for a specific user use cat /var/log/cron | grep john :

[root@webcp ~]# cat /var/log/cron | grep john
Jul  6 08:06:01 webcp crond[188]: (john) RELOAD (/var/spool/cron/john)
Jul  6 08:06:01 webcp CROND[16439]: (john) CMD (/home/john/cron.php)
Jul  6 08:07:01 webcp CROND[16475]: (john) CMD (/home/john/cron.php)
Jul  6 08:07:11 webcp crontab[16484]: (root) LIST (john)
Jul  6 08:08:01 webcp CROND[16488]: (john) CMD (/home/john/cron.php)
Jul  6 08:09:01 webcp CROND[16497]: (john) CMD (/home/john/cron.php)
Jul  6 08:10:01 webcp CROND[16516]: (john) CMD (/home/john/cron.php)
Jul  6 08:11:01 webcp CROND[16712]: (john) CMD (/home/john/cron.php)
Jul  6 08:12:01 webcp CROND[16725]: (john) CMD (/home/john/cron.php)
Jul  6 08:12:01 webcp crontab[16731]: (root) LIST (john)
Jul  6 08:13:01 webcp CROND[16737]: (john) CMD (/home/john/cron.php)
Jul  6 08:14:01 webcp CROND[16748]: (john) CMD (/home/john/cron.php)
Jul  6 08:15:01 webcp CROND[16761]: (john) CMD (/home/john/cron.php)
Jul  6 08:16:01 webcp CROND[17277]: (john) CMD (/home/john/cron.php)
Jul  6 08:17:01 webcp CROND[17287]: (john) CMD (/home/john/cron.php)
Jul  6 08:18:01 webcp CROND[17302]: (john) CMD (/home/john/cron.php)
[root@webcp ~]#

The movie tutorial for this post:

cron jobs in Vesta

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