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This tool adds a capability to manage your Cron-based CLI tasks via simple JSON configuration

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This tool adds a capability to manage your Cron-based CLI tasks via simple JSON configuration. Once configured it allows you to control you scheduled tasks without plain old Cron interface. Inspired by Laravel Task Scheduling


Manager designed to be used as phar executable, so you need to build it first. Clone project first:

git clone --depth 1
cd lara-cron

Then compile Phar executable with the following command:

php -dphar-readonly=0 bin/laracron.php build:phar

After this step you will find laracron.phar file in the current directory. Then you need to add only one Cron task:

* * * * * cd /path-to-your-project && php laracron.phar schedule:run >> /dev/null 2>&1

That's all it needs.


Now you can configure manager for your project needs, just copy laracron.phar file to your project root folder. Here are default configuration file (laracron.json):

  "scheduledJobs": {
    "everyMinute": [
      "php --version"
    "* * * * *": [

  "cache.default": "file",

  "log_to": "laracron_cache/laracron.log",
  "cache.prefix": "laracron",

  "cache.stores.file": {
    "driver": "file",
    "path": "laracron_cache"

  "cache.stores.redis": {
    "driver": "redis",
    "host": "localhost",
    "password": null,
    "port": 6379,
    "database": 0

Here is the brief description for each configuration option:


Is the main configuration option, needed for scheduling you CLI commands, it is a JSON object with keys standing for Cron job definition of specific method names. You can see full list on Task Scheduling page. Here are some examples:

Method Description
->cron('* * * * *'); Run the task on a custom Cron schedule
->everyMinute(); Run the task every minute
->everyFiveMinutes(); Run the task every five minutes
->everyTenMinutes(); Run the task every ten minutes
->everyFifteenMinutes(); Run the task every fifteen minutes
->everyThirtyMinutes(); Run the task every thirty minutes
->hourly(); Run the task every hour
->daily(); Run the task every day at midnight
->weekly(); Run the task every week
->monthly(); Run the task every month
->quarterly(); Run the task every quarter
->yearly(); Run the task every year

So, based on the above description, let's define some simple task and schedule it to run each 15 minutes, just omit object access operator and parenthesis for the definition:

"scheduledJobs": {
    "everyFifteenMinutes": [
      "echo 'Hey, I\'ll execute each 15 minutes'"
    // or just like you define a regular cron job:
    "*/15 * * * *": [
      "echo 'Hey, I\'ll execute each 15 minutes'"

You may have noticed, that parametrized definitions is not supported (e.g ->weeklyOn(1, '8:00');) however it fully covered by Cron syntax.


Stands for caching engine name can be one of file or redis

log_to (optional)

Relative path to log file where it will log execution output, be aware that log file is not rotated


Used as prefix to cache entries it creates


Configuration for file cache engine


Configuration for Redis cache engine