My application has scheduled tasks that need to be run every 1 minute, 15 minutes, 1 hour, etc etc.

Jobs seem like a perfect component to do this in App Platform, but I can’t set them to run automatically on a set schedule.

I’m pretty sure I can hack around this by using a worker component that runs an infinite loop, but this seems incredibly wasteful. My scheduled tasks only take a few seconds to run, but I will be charged for 24/7 usage if I run them via a worker.

Is there a better way to achieve this? And is DO working on letting us run job components on a schedule?

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Hello @cmwhite92

We understand that the importance and working aggressively to get this feature on our App Platform ASAP. Unfortunately, we don’t support cron jobs (or scheduled jobs) in App Platform at this time. It’s in our roadmap and our engineering team is working on it. However, we don’t have any ETA as of now. You can keep track of the latest features by visiting the link below:
https://www.digitalocean.com/docs/release-notes/app-platform/

There is no better workaround than using the worker component at this time. I understand the increase in pricing while using this workaround.

Best,
Dikshith