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How to Setup Cron Tasks in Linux (Ubuntu) to Run the Laravel Scheduler

by Bryce Andy 06:11 Nov 29 '21

Cron is a time-based utility software that has the ability to schedule tasks. Tasks can be in the form of any programming language executable script or a program.

Today we are going to set up cron within an Ubuntu environment in order to run Laravel's task scheduler.

Tutsplus illustration

Update System Software

After logging in your server with a non-root sudo user, update and then upgrade the system software so that you have the lastest software that is bug free.

You may do so using the following sequence of commands:

sudo apt-get update

Accept the defaults and then after downloading the update, upgrade your software to use the update:

sudo apt-get upgrade

Install Cron

Using the package manager, you may install cron using the following command:

sudo apt-get install cron

To verify cron is installed and running:

systemctl status cron

After seeing that it runs successfully, you may exit using (SHIFT + Z + Z)

Setup Cron Tasks

If you are the root user, you may edit the /etc/crontab file to setup tasks, but since most of us are non-root users, it is appropriate to use another alternative.

For any other user, run the crontab edit command to open the editor:

crontab -e

This will open the crontab editor for the logged in user only. Now you can write your cron task in the format of the illustration above.

Since we want to setup the Laravel scheduler, we should write the task as it is from the Laravel scheduler documentation:

* * * * * cd /path-to-your-project && php artisan schedule:run >> /dev/null 2>&1

Remember to change path-to-your-project to reflect your own project path. Generally it would be something like /var/www/html...

After that save the file and exit.


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