HOW TO: Run scripts via Cron Jobs
Posted by on 05 January 2018 02:31 PM

NOTE: If your script does not generate any output, it is possible that notification emails are not sent either, however, the cron job is working. 

In order to set up a cron job, go to cPanel > section Advanced Cron Jobs menu: 

General cron job format is as follows: 

[path to environment] [Path to script] [Script parameters] 

For example, if you want to run a PHP script located in the public_html directory, the correct cron command will be: 

/usr/local/bin/php /home/cPaneluser/public_html/yourscript.php 

/usr/bin/php -q /home/cPaneluser/public_html/yourscript.php 
(for business servers)

or if you want to use a relative path (different commands are divided by “;”): 

cd /home/YourcPuser/public_html/; /usr/local/bin/php yourscript.php

cd /home/YourcPuser/public_html/; /usr/bin/php -q yourscript.php 
(for business servers)

For Python and Perl scripts, there is no need to use a full path to the environment, the environment interpreter directive will be enough on shared servers. 

python /home/YourcPuser/public_html/

perl /home/YourcPuser/public_html/

Alternatively, you can just use curl request as the cron job command for the same purpose: 

curl “” 
curl “” 
curl “”

However, unlike the first method, curl-based cron jobs will work only if URLs specified in curl requests are resolving, e.g., DNS records for the domain are correct and running. 

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