"/bin/sh 1 /usr/bin/crontab not found" Cron job not working Django

I deployed my Django project on Digital Ocean app platform and every thing is working fantastic but there’s one problem I have one scheduled task on my website which I running through crontab (Django-crontab) but when I’m running the command python crontab to add my cronjobs in the app platform console I am getting this:

/bin/sh 1 /usr/bin/crontab not found

I have searched to solve it everywhere but I am not able to do so. Any help from your side will be appreciated.

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February 29, 2024

Heya, @6474230cdcb2403bb352f0905c1560

I believe a similar question was asked before in our community which you can check here:

At this time App Platform doesn’t have support to run scheduled tasks (aside from pre/post deployment jobs).

However, if you’re willing to run Django in a container image that your own, you can run cron in tandem with Django to execute whatever management commands that you’d like.

For example:

FROM python:buster

# Install cron (also anything else for Django)
RUN apt-get update \
    && apt-get install -y cron \
    && apt-get update -y

# Assuming you have some scripts that might execute some
# management commands
COPY *.sh /scripts/
RUN chmod +x /scripts/*.sh

WORKDIR /scripts

# Run at the beginning of the hour
RUN echo "0 * * * * root /scripts/" >/etc/cron.d/management_command

# Run both Django and cron together
CMD [ "sh", "-c", "cron && <cmd to run Django>" ]

Hope this helps!

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February 22, 2024

Heya @6474230cdcb2403bb352f0905c1560,

I don’t think you can use the crontab on App Platform that is part of the limitation of being on a managed platform.

You can suggest it as a feature though in the ideas board

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