Run a PHP file in a cron job using CPanel


I am just trying to run a PHP script using a cron job within CPanel - is this the correct syntax:

/usr/bin/php -q /home/username/public_html/cron/cron.php >/dev/null

I am not getting any email notifications stating a cron has been completed, do I need to do anything specific with the PHP file?

This question is tagged with php cron cpanel

~ Asked on 2011-09-07 11:05:39

The Best Answer is


In crontab system :

  • /usr/bin/php is php binary path (different in some systems ex: freebsd /usr/local/bin/php, linux: /usr/bin/php)
  • /home/username/public_html/cron/cron.php should be your php script path
  • /dev/null should be cron output , ex: /home/username/stdoutx.txt

So you can monitor your cron by viewing cron output /home/username/stdoutx.txt

~ Answered on 2011-09-07 11:18:32


I used this command to activate cron job for this.

/usr/bin/php -q /home/username/public_html/yourfilename.php

on godaddy server, and its working fine.

~ Answered on 2012-03-13 10:37:13

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