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License: MIT License
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gocron: A Golang Job Scheduling Package.

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gocron is a job scheduling package which lets you run Go functions at pre-determined intervals using a simple, human-friendly syntax.

gocron is a Golang scheduler implementation similar to the Ruby module clockwork and the Python job scheduling package schedule.

See also these two great articles that were used for design input:

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  • Scheduler: The scheduler tracks all the jobs assigned to it and makes sure they are passed to the executor when ready to be run. The scheduler is able to manage overall aspects of job behavior like limiting how many jobs are running at one time.
  • Job: The job is simply aware of the task (go function) it's provided and is therefore only able to perform actions related to that task like preventing itself from overruning a previous task that is taking a long time.
  • Executor: The executor, as it's name suggests, is simply responsible for calling the task (go function) that the job hands to it when sent by the scheduler.


s := gocron.NewScheduler(time.UTC)

s.Every(5).Seconds().Do(func(){ ... })

// strings parse to duration
s.Every("5m").Do(func(){ ... })

s.Every(5).Days().Do(func(){ ... })

s.Every(1).Month(1, 2, 3).Do(func(){ ... })

// set time
s.Every(1).Day().At("10:30").Do(func(){ ... })

// set multiple times
s.Every(1).Day().At("10:30;08:00").Do(func(){ ... })

s.Every(1).Day().At("10:30").At("08:00").Do(func(){ ... })

// Schedule each last day of the month
s.Every(1).MonthLastDay().Do(func(){ ... })

// Or each last day of every other month
s.Every(2).MonthLastDay().Do(func(){ ... })

// cron expressions supported
s.Cron("*/1 * * * *").Do(task) // every minute

// you can start running the scheduler in two different ways:
// starts the scheduler asynchronously
// starts the scheduler and blocks current execution path

For more examples, take a look in our go docs


Interval Supported schedule options
sub-second StartAt()
milliseconds StartAt()
seconds StartAt()
minutes StartAt()
hours StartAt()
days StartAt(), At()
weeks StartAt(), At(), Weekday() (and all week day named functions)
months StartAt(), At()

There are several options available to restrict how jobs run:

Mode Function Behavior
Default jobs are rescheduled at every interval
Job singleton SingletonMode() a long running job will not be rescheduled until the current run is completed
Scheduler limit SetMaxConcurrentJobs() set a collective maximum number of concurrent jobs running across the scheduler


Jobs may have arbitrary tags added which can be useful when tracking many jobs. The scheduler supports both enforcing tags to be unique and when not unique, running all jobs with a given tag.

s := gocron.NewScheduler(time.UTC)

_, _ = s.Every(1).Week().Tag("foo").Do(task)
_, err := s.Every(1).Week().Tag("foo").Do(task)
// error!!!

s := gocron.NewScheduler(time.UTC)

// both jobs will run


  • Q: I'm running multiple pods on a distributed environment. How can I make a job not run once per pod causing duplication?

    • A: We recommend using your own lock solution within the jobs themselves (you could use Redis, for example)
  • Q: I've removed my job from the scheduler, but how can I stop a long-running job that has already been triggered?

    • A: We recommend using a means of canceling your job, e.g. a context.WithCancel().

Looking to contribute? Try to follow these guidelines:

  • Use issues for everything
  • For a small change, just send a PR!
  • For bigger changes, please open an issue for discussion before sending a PR.
  • PRs should have: tests, documentation and examples (if it makes sense)
  • You can also contribute by:
    • Reporting issues
    • Suggesting new features or enhancements
    • Improving/fixing documentation



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