Crons property

Adobe Commerce uses the crons property to schedule repetitive activities. It is ideal for scheduling a specific task to run at certain times of the day. Only one cron job can run at a time on the web instance for Adobe Commerce on cloud infrastructure projects because of the nature of read-only environments. It is a best practice to break down long-running tasks into smaller, queued tasks. Alternatively, you can build a worker instance.

Adobe recommends that you run crons as the file system owner. Do not run crons as root or as the web server user.

This configuration is different from on-premises deployments of Adobe Commerce, which have multiple default cron jobs. See Configure cron jobs in the Configuration guide.

Set up cron jobs

The crons property describes processes that are triggered on a schedule. Each job requires a name and the following options:

  • spec—The cron expression used for scheduling.
  • cmd—The command to run on start and stop.
  • shutdown_timeout—(Optional) If a cron job is canceled, this is the number of seconds after which a SIGKILL signal is sent to stop the job or process. The default is 10 seconds.
  • timeout—(Optional) The maximum amount of time a cron job can run before timeout. Defaults to the maximum allowed value of 86400 seconds (24 hours).

By default, every Commerce cloud project has the following default crons configuration in the file:

        spec: "* * * * *"
        cmd: "php bin/magento cron:run"

If your project requires custom cron jobs, you can add them to the default crons configuration. See Build a cron job.


Adobe Commerce added an auto-crons configuration option only to Pro projects to support self-service crons configuration on the Staging and Production environments. If this option is enabled, you can use crontab to review the cron configuration. This is not available with Starter projects.

Although you can use crontab to review configuration on Pro projects, Adobe Commerce does not use crontab to run cron jobs for sites deployed on the cloud infrastructure.

To review cron configuration on Pro environments:

  1. Use SSH to log in to the remote environment.

  2. List the scheduled cron processes.

    code language-shell
    crontab -l
    note note
    If the crontab -l command returns a Command not found error (in Pro Staging and Production environments only), you must Submit an Adobe Commerce Support ticket to enable the auto-crons self-service configuration option on your project.

The following example shows the crontab output for an environment that has only the default crons configuration:

username@hostname:~$ crontab -l
# Crontab is managed by the system, attempts to edit it directly will fail.

# m h  dom mon dow  job_name

* * * * *           cronrun

Build a cron job

A cron job includes the schedule and timing specification and the command to run at the scheduled time. For Starter environments and Pro integration environments, the minimum interval is once per five minutes. For Pro Staging and Production environments, the minimum interval is once per minute. On Adobe Commerce on cloud infrastructure, you add custom cron jobs to the file in the crons section. The general format is spec for scheduling and cmd to specify the command or custom script to run.


Adobe Commerce uses a five-value expression for a crons specification (spec): * * * * *

  1. Minute (0 through 59) For all Starter and Pro environments, the minimum frequency supported for cron jobs is five minutes. You may need to configure settings in your Admin.
  2. Hour (0 through 23)
  3. Day of month (1 through 31)
  4. Month (1 through 12)
  5. Day of week (0 through 6) (Sunday through Saturday; 7 is also Sunday on some systems)

Some examples:

  • 00 */3 * * * runs every three hours at the first minute (12:00 am, 3:00 am, 6:00 am)
  • 20 */8 * * * runs every 8 hours at minute 20 (12:20 am, 8:20 am, 4:20 pm)
  • 00 00 * * * runs once a day at midnight
  • 00 * * * 1 runs once a week on Monday at midnight.
The crons time specified in the file is based on the server timezone, not the timezone specified in the store configuration values in the database.

When determining the scheduling, consider the time it takes to complete the task. For example, if you run a job every three hours and the task takes 40 minutes to complete, you may consider changing the scheduled timing.


The cmd specifies the command or custom script to run. The command script format can include the following:

<path-to-php-binary> <project-dir>/<script-command>

For example:

    spec: "00 */8 * * *"
    cmd: "/usr/bin/php /app/abc123edf890/bin/magento export:start catalog_category_product"

In this example, <path-to-php-binary> is /usr/bin/php. The install directory, which includes the project ID is /app/abc123edf890/bin/magento, and the script action is export:start catalog_category_product.

Add custom cron jobs to your project

On the Adobe Commerce on cloud infrastructure platform, you can add customizations to the crons section of the file.

For Starter environments and Pro integration environments, the minimum interval is once per five minutes. For Pro Staging and Production environments, the minimum interval is once per minute. You cannot configure more frequent intervals than the default minimums.

On Adobe Commerce Pro projects, the auto-crons feature must be enabled on your project before you can add custom cron jobs to Staging and Production environments using the file. If this feature is not enabled, Submit an Adobe Commerce Support ticket to enable auto-crons.

To add custom cron jobs:

  1. In your local development environment, edit the file in the Adobe Commerce /app directory.

  2. In the crons section, add your customization using the following format:

    code language-yaml
            spec: "<schedule_time>"
            cmd: "<schedule_command>"
            spec: "<schedule_time>"
            cmd: "<schedule_command>"

    In the following example, the productcatalog job exports the product catalog every eight hours, 20 minutes after the hour.

    code language-yaml
            spec: '* * * * *'
            cmd: 'php bin/magento cron:run'
            spec: '20 */8 * * *'
            cmd: 'bin/magento export:start catalog_product_category'
  3. Add, commit, and push code changes.

    code language-bash
    git add && git commit -m "cron config updates" && git push origin <branch-name>

Update cron jobs

To add, remove, or update a customized job, change the configuration in the crons section of the file. Then, test the updates in the remote integration environment before pushing the changes to the Staging and Production environments.

Disable cron jobs

You can manually disable cron jobs before you complete maintenance tasks like reindexing or cleaning the cache to prevent performance issues. You can use the ece-tools CLI command cron:disable to disable all cron jobs and stop any active cron processes.

To disable cron jobs:

  1. On your local workstation, change to your project directory.

  2. Use SSH to log in to the remote environment.

    code language-bash
    magento-cloud ssh
  3. Disable cron jobs and stop active cron processes.

    code language-shell
    ./vendor/bin/ece-tools cron:disable
  4. After you complete any required maintenance tasks, ensure that you enable the cron jobs again.

    code language-shell
    ./vendor/bin/ece-tools cron:enable

Troubleshooting cron jobs

Adobe has updated the Adobe Commerce on cloud infrastructure package to optimize cron processing on the Adobe Commerce on cloud infrastructure platform and to fix cron-related issues. If you encounter problems with cron processing, make sure that your project is using the most current version of the ece-tools package. See Update ECE-Tools.

You can review cron processing information in the application-level log files for each environment. See Application logs.

See the following Adobe Commerce Support articles for help with troubleshooting cron-related problems: