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Title: How to Set Up a Cron Job in cPanel with Sample


Cron jobs are automated tasks that can be executed at specified intervals. They are essential for website maintenance and are widely used for various purposes such as database backups, sending emails, and updating content. In this article, we will guide you through the process of setting up a cron job in cPanel, using a sample script.


1. A hosting account with cPanel access. If you're looking for a reliable hosting provider in India, visit
2. Basic knowledge of Linux commands.

Step 1: Log in to cPanel

Log in to your cPanel account using your credentials. If you don't have an account, you can create one at

Step 2: Navigate to the Cron Jobs section

Once logged in, scroll down to the "Advanced" section and click on the "Cron Jobs" icon.

Step 3: Set up the Cron Job

On the Cron Jobs page, you will find two sections: "Add New Cron Job" and "Current Cron Jobs". Follow these steps to create a new cron job:

1. Select the desired time interval: You can set the cron job to run at specific intervals such as every minute, hourly, or daily. Choose the desired frequency using the drop-down menus for "Common Settings", "Minute", "Hour", "Day", "Month", and "Weekday".

2. Enter the command: In the "Command" field, type the command that needs to be executed. This command will usually include the path to the script you want to run. For example, if you want to run a PHP script located at `/home/username/public_html/cron.php`, the command will be:

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

Replace "username" with your actual cPanel username.

Sample Script: Database Backup

In this example, we will create a cron job that takes a daily backup of your MySQL database and saves it to a specified directory.

1. Create a new file named `` in your home directory with the following content:


# Set up the necessary variables

# Create the backup directory if it doesn't exist
mkdir -p ${BACKUP_DIR}

# Set the backup file name with timestamp
BACKUP_FILE="${BACKUP_DIR}/db_backup_$(date +%Y%m%d%H%M%S).sql"

# Backup the database
mysqldump -u${DB_USER} -p${DB_PASSWORD} ${DB_NAME} > ${BACKUP_FILE}

# Compress the backup

Replace `your_database_user`, `your_database_password`, `your_database_name`, and `/home/username/backups` with your actual database credentials and desired backup directory.

2. Set the appropriate permissions for the script:

chmod +x /home/username/

3. Add the cron job to cPanel:

In the "Command" field, enter the following command:

/bin/bash /home/username/

Select the desired time interval, such as "Once a day", and click on "Add New Cron Job".


Setting up a cron job in cPanel is a simple process that can save you a lot of time and effort. This guide has shown you how to create a cron job to back up your database automatically. Make sure to test your cron job thoroughly to ensure it runs as expected. If you're

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