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Run a PHP File in a Cron Job Using cPanel – Easy Guide

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Run a PHP File in a Cron Job Using cPanel – Easy Guide

To run a PHP file in a cron job using cPanel, follow these steps:

Step-by-Step Guide

  1. Log in to cPanel:
  • Access your cPanel by entering your domain name followed by /cpanel (e.g., and log in with your credentials.

2. Navigate to the Cron Jobs Section:

    • Once logged in, scroll down to the “Advanced” section and click on “Cron Jobs.”

    3. Add a New Cron Job:

      • In the Cron Jobs interface, you can add a new cron job. This involves setting the schedule and the command to run.

      4. Set the Cron Job Schedule:

        • Define how often you want the cron job to run using the provided fields for minute, hour, day, month, and weekday. You can use predefined intervals or customize the timing.
          • Common Settings:
          • Every minute: * * * * *
          • Every hour: 0 * * * *
          • Daily: 0 0 * * *

        5. Specify the Command to Run the PHP File:

          • Enter the command to run your PHP file. Typically, this involves using the PHP binary followed by the path to your PHP script. Here are some examples:
            /usr/local/bin/php /home/username/public_html/your_script.php

            • /usr/local/bin/php with the correct path to your PHP binary. You can find this path in your cPanel or by asking your hosting provider.
            • /home/username/public_html/your_script.php with the full path to your PHP file. username is your cPanel username, and your_script.php is the name of your PHP file.

          6. Save the Cron Job:

            • Click on the “Add New Cron Job” button to save your cron job. It will now appear in the list of cron jobs.

            Example Command

            If your PHP binary is located at /usr/bin/php and your PHP script is located in the public_html directory of your cPanel account, the command would look like this:

            Verifying the Cron Job

            1. Check the Cron Job List:
            • Ensure your cron job is listed under “Current Cron Jobs” in the cPanel interface.

            2. Check Output:

              • By default, any output from the cron job will be emailed to your cPanel account’s email address. You can check your email for success or error messages.
              • Alternatively, you can redirect the output to a file for logging:
                /usr/bin/php /home/your_cpanel_username/public_html/your_script.php > /home/your_cpanel_username/cron_log.txt 2>&1


              • Check File Permissions: Ensure your PHP file has the appropriate permissions to be executed.
              • Correct PHP Path: Verify that the path to the PHP binary is correct. You can find the correct path by running which php in the terminal, if you have SSH access.
              • Error Logging: Redirect errors to a log file to diagnose issues:

              By following these steps, you can successfully set up a cron job in cPanel to run a PHP file at specified intervals.


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