This page explains how to run CronJobs in Kubernetes Engine.
You can create CronJobs to perform finite, time-related tasks that run once or repeatedly at a time that you specify. CronJobs can be used for timely automatic tasks, such as backups, reporting, and sending emails.
CronJobs use Job objects to complete their tasks. CronJobs create a Job object about once per execution time of its schedule.
CronJobs are created, managed, scaled, and deleted in the same way as Jobs. For more information about Jobs, see Running a Job.
Before you begin
To prepare for this task, perform the following steps:
- Ensure that you have installed the Cloud SDK.
- Set your default project ID:
gcloud config set project [PROJECT_ID]
- Set your default compute zone:
gcloud config set compute/zone [COMPUTE_ZONE]
- Update all
gcloudcommands to the latest version:
gcloud components update
Creating a CronJob
The following is an example of a CronJob which prints the current time and a string every minute:
apiVersion: batch/v1beta1 kind: CronJob metadata: name: hello spec: schedule: "*/1 * * * *" jobTemplate: spec: template: spec: containers: - name: hello image: busybox args: - /bin/sh - -c - date; echo "Hello, World!" restartPolicy: OnFailure
CronJobs use the required
jobTemplate field, which contains a Job
jobTemplate: spec, for the Job(s) it creates. The Job
specification contains a Pod specification,
spec: template: spec, for the
Pod(s) it creates to carry out the tasks you specify.
CronJobs use the required
schedule field, which accepts a time in the Unix standard
- The first value indicates the minute (between 0 and 59)
- The second value indicates the hour (between 0 and 23)
- The third value indicates the day of the month (between 1 and 31)
- The fourth value indicates the month (between 1 and 12)
- The fifth value indicates the day of the week (between 0 and 6)
schedule also accepts
? as wildcard values. Combining
with ranges specifies that the task should repeat at a regular interval. In the
*/1 * * * * indicates that the task should repeat every minute
of every day of every month.
To create this CronJob, save the above manifest as
config.yaml, then run the
kubectl apply -f config.yaml
Alternatively, to create a CronJob without creating a manifest file, use
kubectl run hello --schedule="*/1 * * * *" --restart OnFailure \ --image busybox -- /bin/sh -c "date; echo Hello, World\!"
Specifying a deadline
startingDeadlineSeconds field indicates the deadline (in seconds)
for starting the CronJob if it misses its scheduled time for any reason. Missed
CronJobs are considered failures.
To specify a deadline, add the
startingDeadlineSeconds value to the CronJob's
spec field in the manifest file. For example, the following
manifest specifies that the CronJob has 100 seconds to begin:
apiVersion: batch/v1beta1 kind: CronJob metadata: name: hello spec: schedule: "*/1 * * * *" startingDeadlineSeconds: 100 jobTemplate: spec: ...
If you do not specify a
startingDeadlineSeconds value, no deadline is used.
Specifying a concurrency policy
concurrencyPolicy field specifies how to treat concurrent
executions of a Job created by the CronJob controller. You specify
concurrencyPolicy in the CronJob's
concurrencyPolicy accepts the following values:
Allow: Allows concurrent Jobs. Default.
Forbid: Forbids concurrent Jobs and skips the next run if the previous run hasn't finished yet.
Replace: Cancels currently-running Job and replaces it with a new one.
Suspending subsequent executions
suspend field, when set to
true, suspends all subsequent
executions. It does not suspend current executions. You specify
suspend in the
The default value of
Specifying history limits
the number of completed and failed Jobs that should be kept. You specify these
fields in the CronJob's
successfulJobsHistoryLimit is set to 3 and
is set to 1. Setting the value of either of these fields to
0 causes none of
the Jobs to be kept after they finish.
Inspecting a CronJob
To check a CronJob's status, run the following command:
kubectl describe cronjob my-job
To view all Pod resources in your cluster, including Pods created by the CronJob which have completed, run:
kubectl get pods -a
-a flag specifies that all resources of the type specified (in this case,
Pods) should be shown.
Deleting a CronJob
To delete a CronJob, run the following command:
kubectl delete cronjob [CRON_JOB]
When you delete a CronJob, the Kubernetes garbage collector automatically deletes the associated jobs, and no new jobs are started.