How to add a cron task

Posted October 23, 2018 14.7k views
ApacheUbuntu 18.04


I need to add a cron task that is supposed to run every 10 minutes.

This is the code I was given by the developers of my software:

/usr/bin/wget --delete-after >/dev/null 2>&1

I’m not sure where to go after I log in to my server.
I’d appreciate if someone could give me a step by step instruction.

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Here’s the command to run to enter the crontab utility where you can copy/paste the cron job:

crontab -u <user> -e

Then paste the command like this:

*/10 * * * * /usr/bin/wget --delete-after >/dev/null 2>&1

Save with the editor and that’s it.

Hey friend,

Great question! Figure out how frequently you want it to run and use this:

When it gives you the full crontab line entry, run “crontab -e” via SSH and paste it at the bottom of the file, save it and you’re set :)