node scheduler rules

Node Scheduler Rules

If you're working with Node, you might need to schedule tasks at certain intervals. This is where Node's scheduler comes into play. The scheduler allows you to define rules for when tasks should be executed. In this guide, we'll look at some of the common rules you can use with Node's scheduler.

Rule Syntax

The syntax for defining rules with Node's scheduler is:

var rule = new schedule.RecurrenceRule();

You can then add specific rules to this rule object, such as:

  • rule.hour = 4; - will execute the task every day at 4am
  • rule.minute = 30; - will execute the task every hour at the 30 minute mark
  • rule.dayOfWeek = [0, new schedule.Range(4, 6)]; - will execute the task on Sundays and any day between Thursday and Saturday
  • rule.monthDay = 15; - will execute the task on the 15th day of every month

Multiple Rules

You can also define multiple rules using an array, like so:

var rule1 = new schedule.RecurrenceRule();
rule1.hour = 4;

var rule2 = new schedule.RecurrenceRule();
rule2.minute = 30;

var rules = [rule1, rule2];

Cron Syntax

Another way to define rules is using the cron syntax. This syntax allows you to define complex schedules using a string. For example:

var rule = new schedule.RecurrenceRule();
rule.cron = '0 30 4 * * *';

This will execute the task every day at 4:30am.


Node's scheduler can be a powerful tool for automating tasks in your Node applications. By defining specific rules, you can ensure that tasks are executed at the right time, without having to manually trigger them. Whether you're using simple rules or more complex cron syntax, Node's scheduler is a great way to keep your application running smoothly.

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