How can I use Crontab in Linux specifically for a Java program? I want to run a MIS Script. How can I crontab it and what should the path be?


Assuming this Java application is a console based app there is nothing inherently special you need to do just because it's a Java application.

If you have a Java .class file, run the application like so:

$ java HelloWorld

If you have a .jar file, run the applicaiton like so:

$ java -jar myapp.jar

Cron job

To make either of the above methods a cron job simply add these to a Bash script and put that script into one of hte designated crontab directories or simply add the above command to a crontab entry.


  1. Making a script

    Here's a script, myjavawrapper.bash.

    # Do any CLASSPATH stuff here
    $ java -jar myapp.jar

    Then put myjavawrapper.bash in one of the cron job directories or system crontab:

    $ ls -d1l /etc/cron*
    drwxr-xr-x. 2 root root 4096 Nov  1 23:58 /etc/cron.d
    drwxr-xr-x. 2 root root 4096 Nov  3 23:46 /etc/cron.daily
    -rw-r--r--  1 root root    0 Jun 29  2011 /etc/cron.deny
    drwxr-xr-x. 2 root root 4096 Oct  8  2011 /etc/cron.hourly
    drwxr-xr-x. 2 root root 4096 Dec 18  2010 /etc/cron.monthly

    -rw-r--r-- 1 root root 451 Jun 2 12:10 /etc/crontab drwxr-xr-x. 2 root root 4096 Aug 12 2011 /etc/cron.weekly

  2. Add an entry to /etc/crontab

    Add a line such as this to the crontab file:

    */30  *  *  *  * root  (cd /path/to/class/file; java HellowWorld)

    The above will run java HelloWorld every 30 minutes.

The above are just 2 methods, they aren't the only methods. This is just to give you some ideas and approaches on how to accomplish the task. There are several other ways.

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    I'm not sure if 30 * * * * will run every 30 minutes. Isn't it supposed to be */30 * * * there? I think the command as it is will run at e.g 01:30 02:30 03:30 – Valentin Bajrami Nov 5 '13 at 8:20
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    @val0x00ff - thanks, you'd be correct. That runs it at 30 minutes past the hour. I'll fix. – slm Nov 5 '13 at 8:27

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