Examples of crontab expressions and how they are interpreted as a recurring schedule.

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title: Example Crontab Expressions
author: ncrontab
date: March 12, 2019
source: https://code.google.com/archive/p/ncrontab/wikis/CrontabExamples.wiki
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## About Crontab Expressions

A crontab expression are a very compact way to express a recurring schedule. A
single expression is composed of 5 space-delimited fields:

    MINUTES HOURS DAYS MONTHS DAYS-OF-WEEK

**Each field is expressed as follows:**

- A single wildcard (`*`), which covers all values for the field. So a `*` in days means all days of a month (which varies with month and year).
- A single value, e.g. `5`. Naturally, the set of values that are valid for each field varies.
- A comma-delimited list of values, e.g. `1`,`2`,`3`,`4`. The list can be unordered as in `3`,`4`,`2`,`6`,`1`.
- A range where the minimum and maximum are separated by a dash, e.g. `1-10`. You can also specify these in the wrong order and they will be fixed. So `10-5` will be treated as `5-10`.
- An interval specification using a slash, e.g. `*/4`. This means every 4th value of the field. You can also use it in a range, as in `1-6/2`.
- You can also mix all of the above, as in: `1-5`,`10`,`12`,`20-30/5`

**The table below lists the valid values for each field:**

| Field            | Range        | Comment                                                       |
| :--------------- | :----------- | :------------------------------------------------------------ |
| MINUTES          | 0-59         | -                                                             |
| HOURS            | 0-23         | -                                                             |
| DAYS             | 0-31         | -                                                             |
| MONTHS           | 1-12         | Zero (0) is not valid. Month names also accepted.             |
| DAYS-OF-WEEK     | 0-6          | Where zero (0) means Sunday. Names of days also accepted.     |

Two fields also accept named values in English: MONTHS and DAYS-OF-WEEKS. So you
can use names like `January`, `February`, `March` and so on for MONTHS and
`Monday`, `Tuesday`, `Wednesday` and so on for DAYS-OF-WEEK.

The names are not case-sensitive and you can even use short forms like Jan, Feb,
Mar or Mon, Tue, Wed. In fact, at the moment, the parser in NCrontab will use
the first match that it finds.

Consequently, if you specify just the letter `J` for the month, then it will be
interpreted as January since it occurs before the months June and July. If you
specify `Ju`, then June will be assumed for the same reason. However, you should
stick to either the 3 letter abbreviations or the full name since that is the
norm among cron implementations.

Finally, you can also mix numerical and named values, as in `Jan`,`Feb`,`3`,`4`,`May`,`Jun`,`6`.

> *Source: [ncrontab - CrontabExpression.wiki](https://code.google.com/archive/p/ncrontab/wikis/CrontabExpression.wiki)*

## Example Expressions

Following are examples of crontab expressions and how they would interpreted as a recurring schedule.

- The following pattern causes a task to be launched **every minute**.

        * * * * *

- The following pattern causes a task to be launched **once every hour and at
  the fifth minute of the hour** (00:05, 01:05, 02:05 etc.).

        5 * * * *

- The following pattern causes a task to be launched **every minute during the
  12th hour of Monday**.

        * 12 * * Mon

- The following pattern causes a task to be launched **every minute during the
  12th hour of Monday, 16th**, but **only if the day is the 16th** of the month.

        * 12 16 * Mon

- The following pattern causes a task to be launched at **11:59AM on Monday**,
  **Tuesday**, **Wednesday**, **Thursday** and **Friday**. Every sub-pattern can
  contain two or more comma separated values.

        59 11 * * 1,2,3,4,5

- The following pattern is equivalent to the previous one. Value ranges are
  admitted and defined using the minus character.

        59 11 * * 1-5

- The following pattern causes a task to be launched **every 15 minutes between
  the 9th and 17th hour of the day** (9:00, 9:15, 9:30, 9:45 and so on... note
  that the last execution will be at 17:45). The slash character can be used to
  identify periodic values, in the form of a/b. A sub-pattern with the slash
  character is satisfied when the value on the left divided by the one on the
  right gives an integer result (a % b == 0).

        */15 9-17 * * *

- The following pattern causes a task to be launched **every minute during the
  12th hour of the day**, but **only if the day** is the **10th**, the **12th**,
  the **14th** or the **16th** of the **month**.

        * 12 10-16/2 * *

- The following pattern causes a task to be launched every minute during the
  12th hour of the day, but the day of the month must be between the 1st and the
  15th, the 20th and the 25, or at least it must be the 17th.

        * 12 1-15,17,20-25 * *

> *Source: [ncrontab - CrontabExamples.wiki: Examples of crontab expressions](https://code.google.com/archive/p/ncrontab/wikis/CrontabExamples.wiki)*

## Additional Crontab Resources

- [crontab guru](https://crontab.guru) -- quick and simple editor for cron schedule expressions.