The very best way to setup cron jobs for your scheduled tasks

Note: These commands will not work on Windows Hosting or VPS packages with Plesk.
The commands provided below are examples of typical script locations. The bold sections within each command will need to be replaced with your cPanel username and your script name.
Note: You may need to adjust /home/ to /home#/ depending on the home directory on which your account resides. 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.


Command to run a PHP 5.5 cron job:
/opt/php55/bin/php /home/username/public_html/cron.php
Command to run a PHP 5.4 cron job:
/opt/php54/bin/php /home/username/public_html/cron.php
Command to run a PHP 5.3 cron job:
/opt/php53/bin/php /home/username/public_html/cron.php
Command to run a PHP 5.2 cron job:
/opt/php52/bin/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 code script cron job:
/bin/sh /home/username/public_html/


Note: It is a good practice to not type your password out in the follow commands but to simply use the -p flag alone and have the system prompt you for the password. This way your password stays secure and never exists 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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