How do I create a cron job?

You can have DreamHost automatically configure a cron job in the panel on the (Panel > 'Goodies' > 'Cron Jobs') page. When creating the cron job, you must assign it to a shell user in your panel. Only shell users are able to run cron jobs.

Creating a cron job in the panel:

  1. Navigate to the (Panel > 'Goodies' > 'Cron Jobs') page.
    The 'Cron Jobs' page appears:
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  2. Click the Add New Cron Job button
    The 'Creating New Cron Job' page opens:
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  3. To create the cron, fill in the following fields:
    • User: From the dropdown menu choose an existing shell user you'd like the cron job to run under.
    • Title: Give the cron job a name you'll remember.
    • Email output to: Enter an email address you'd like to receive the cron output to. You can also leave this blank to not receive emails.
    • Command to run: Enter the command to run.
    • Use locking: Enabling this if you want to prevent the job from running more than once at a time.
    • When to run: From the dropdown menu, choose how often you'd like this job to execute.

    The command you enter usually must first specify the path to the program you'd like to use to run the cron job. For example let's say you have a PHP file named script.php in your domains directory:

    • /home/username/

    To run this command you'd enter the path to your chosen version of PHP followed by a space, followed by the path to the file:

    • /usr/local/php56/bin/php /home/username/

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