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Cron Jobs

SST can help you schedule Lambda functions to run at specified time intervals. To do this you can use the Cron construct.


Follow this tutorial on creating a simple serverless cron job in SST.


There are two ways to specify the schedule in the construct.

Rate expressions

You can specify a rate at which a function runs. For example, every 5 minutes.

import { Cron } from "@serverless-stack/resources";

new Cron(stack, "Cron", {
schedule: "rate(5 minutes)",
job: "src/lambda.main",

The fastest rate a cron job can be run is every minute.

Here are some sample rate expressions:

  • rate(1 minute)
  • rate(5 minutes)
  • rate(1 hour)
  • rate(12 hours)
  • rate(1 day)
  • rate(7 days)

If the value is equal to 1, then the unit must be singular. If the value is greater than 1, the unit must be plural.

Cron expressions

Alternatively, you can specify a cron expression to have a function run at specific times, ie. every day at 12:00pm.

import { Cron } from "@serverless-stack/resources";

new Cron(stack, "Cron", {
schedule: "cron(0 12 * * ? *)",
job: "src/lambda.main",

All cron expressions use the UTC+0 time zone.

Here are some example cron expressions:

MinutesHoursDay of monthMonthDay of weekYearDescription
010**?*Run at 10:00 am every day
1512**?*Run at 12:15 pm every day
018?*MON-FRI*Run at 6:00 pm every Monday through Friday
081*?*Run at 8:00 am every 1st day of the month
0/15***?*Run every 15 minutes
0/10*?*MON-FRI*Run every 10 minutes Monday through Friday
0/58-17?*MON-FRI*Run every 5 minutes Monday through Friday between 8:00 am and 5:55 pm
0/3020-2?*MON-FRI*Run every 30 minutes Monday through Friday between 10:00 pm on the starting day to 2:00 am on the following day

You can read more about the cron expressions syntax over on the AWS docs.