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How to schedule a cron on pythonanywhere server

If you have hosted your Django app on pythonanywhere.com server and you want to schedule a cron job on the server to execute some task periodically ( daily or hourly) then this article is for you. cron jobs are executed after a fixed interval of time, repetitively until stopped explicitly. This may come handy if you want to send bulk mails every hour or you may want to take a backup of your database or basically anything you want to perform periodically.

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How to schedule cron on pythonanywhere server:
  • First make sure you have created your custom management command which will perform the task. e.g. sending emails or creating backup etc.
  • First run this command from terminal and check if it is working as expected or not.
  • Go to schedule tab in your account on pythonanywhere server. how to schedule a cron on pythonanywhere server
  • As you can see that you can schedule a cron on daily basis. Hourly basis scheduling is available to paid users only.
  • Time is given in UTC format.
  • Select the hours and minutes accordingly and in command path input field enter the complete command with below format. absolute-path-to-python    absolute-path-to-manage.py-file  command_name e.g.
    /home/100rupeekart/VirtualEnv/bin/python3.4   /home/code108/myproject/manage.py  send_mail_command
  • Add the command. To see the output of the command later on, click on the command in list of scheduled commands.
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