Scheduling commands with crontab [Linux]

If you need to schedule a command to be run at a certain frequency, you may be able to use crontab to achieve it.

Note: This guide does not cover setting up services, permissions, etc. You will need to have command(s) that are ready to be run automatically.


  1. Make a new directory to store your commands and cd into it: mkdir ~/scheduledCommand && cd ~/scheduledCommand
  2. Create and edit a new file where you'll be storing the commands: nano
  3. Enter whatever you need. If you have a systemd service called boing installed, you could have the following to restart it.
    systemctl restart myservice

Create Cron Job


Cron jobs support 4 different operators:

  • linux, schedule, setup, crontab
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