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Cron Jobs with PHP and other File Types


This article will provide examples of different commands you can use in Cron Job. If you need a different explanation on Cron Jobs, please refer to this list of Cron Job articles.

Important: The lines below are examples of command lines. Bold sections must be changed.

Depending on the home directory your account resides on you may need to adjust /home/ to /home#/. To view the home directory for your account, simply view the stats column on the main cPanel page of your account and look for the home directory.

Cron Jobs with PHP and other File Type

Please note: We will be updating to PHP version 8.0 in batches beginning in 2022. Keep an eye out for communications on when your account will be updated and what changes, if any, you will need to make. For more information on updating content for PHP compatibility, read our guide on What to do if your Site Does not Work with Newer Versions of PHP. To learn more about what is changing with PHP 8.0, please see's release notes.


Command to run a PHP5 cron job:

            php /home/username/public_html/cron.php

Optional flags are sometimes required for a PHP cron job:

            php -q /home/username/public_html/cron.php

Command to use a specific php.ini file:

            php -c /home/username/public_html/php.ini /home/username/public_html/myscript.php

Command to GET a remote file:



Command to run a CGI cron job:

            perl /home/username/public_html/cgi-bin/


Command to run a shell script cron job:

            /bin/sh /home/username/public_html/


It is good practice to not type your password out in the following commands but to use the -p flag alone and have the system prompt you for the password. This is why your password stays secure and is never on the server as plain text.

Command to import a database:

            mysql -u mysql_user -ppassword database_name < backup.sql

Command to export a database:

            mysqldump -u mysql_user -ppassword database_name > backup.sql
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