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Linux: List / Display All Cron Jobs

How do I view currently setup or all running cron jobs under a Linux or Unix-like operating systems?

The cron service searches its spool area (usually /var/spool/cron/crontabs) for crontab files (which are named after user accounts); crontabs found are loaded into memory. cron also reads /etc/crontab, which is in a slightly different format. Additionally, cron reads the files in /etc/cron.d: it treats the files in /etc/cron.d as in the same way as the /etc/crontab file. The intended purpose of /etc/cron.d/ directory feature is to allow packages that require finer control of their scheduling than the /etc/cron.{daily,weekly,monthly} directories to add a crontab file to /etc/cron.d.

View Users Cronjob

Use the following syntax to view vivek users cronjob:

crontab -u userName -l
crontab -u vivek -l

View Root User Cronjob

Just type the following command:

crontab -l

View /etc/crontab

A cronjob can be also run from /etc/crontab file. To view it, enter:
# less /etc/crontab

View Daily Cronjob

Type the following commands:

cd /etc/cron.daily/
ls -l
cat filename

View Hourly Cronjobs

Type the following commands:

cd /etc/cron.hourly/
ls -l
cat filename

View Weekly Cronjobs

Type the following commands:

cd /etc/cron.weekly/
ls -l
cat filename

View Monthly Cronjobs

Type the following commands:

cd /etc/cron.monthly/
ls -l
cat filename

View Software (Package) Specific Cronjobs

Type the following commands

cd /etc/cron.d/
ls -l
cat filename
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  • tworzenie oprogramowania October 17, 2012, 6:02 am

    Thank you for a very good summary. If a cron task is required to be executed on a schedule other than hourly, daily, weekly, or monthly, it can be added to the /etc/cron.d/ directory.

  • Toxic November 13, 2012, 11:33 pm

    view crontab from all users:

    cat /var/spool/cron/*

  • weethomas February 19, 2014, 6:37 pm

    crontab -l just lists the jobs for the user who ran the command.

    So, to view root’s jobs, you’d either need to be logged in as root or run it with sudo.

  • Dovryak June 18, 2014, 12:10 pm

    There is also very handy script to view all users crontabs:

  • M.Pasha June 20, 2014, 7:28 am

    How do we check running cronjob process.
    I guess, its from ps -ef | grep file.sh

    or any other suggestion.

    • abhijit September 10, 2014, 6:01 am

      To check running cronjob process use:crontab -l

  • Daniel October 22, 2014, 3:41 pm

    To list all user’s crobtab:

    for user in $(cut -f1 -d: /etc/passwd); do crontab -u $user -l; done

  • Mel March 22, 2015, 9:40 pm

    How does one check the “version” of cron running? How can one know if their cron is a “vixie-style” crontab or not?

    • nixCraft March 23, 2015, 9:57 am

      Try the following:

      ## debian/ubuntu, see version and man page for syntax ##
       dpkg -p cron
       man cron
      ## RHEL/CentOS specific info ##
       yum info cronie
       man crond
      ## See man page
  • ade January 17, 2017, 7:28 am

    I do this task manually
    ./getConfig ‘indirect’ ‘./(Command task)’ ‘./(Credential.csv’ ‘/usr/cronout/’ (standalone server)
    in command task there is a “cat /etc/ssh/sshd_config” but I saw blank sshd_config even though I can see details about sshd_config when I run those task manually. Can you help me?

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