Native Support for Cron Scheduling

This week we announced our first release candidate for Drone 1.0 and we highlighted some exciting new features, including support for multi-machine, multi-os and multi-architecture Pipelines.

Today I wanted to take an opportunity to highlight native support for scheduling. Drone 1.0 includes support for scheduled Pipeline executions using cron expression syntax. You could, for example, schedule automated deployments at 0 17 * * 5.

deploying on friday

Managing cron jobs is pretty straightforward. You simply navigate to your repository settings screen, where you can create cron jobs by filling out a simple form. You can alternatively manage cron jobs from the CLI.

$ drone cron add octocat/hello-world nightly "0 0 0 * * *"
$ drone cron info octocat/hello-world nightly

expr: 0 0 0 * * *
next: 2018-11-08 00:00:00 -0800 PST

If you are like me and you sometimes have difficulty cron experssion syntax you may use one of several pre-defined schedules in place of a cron expression:

  • @yearly
  • @monthly
  • @weekly
  • @daily
  • @hourly
  • @every <duration> such as @every 1h30m10s

Try It Today

If you would like to try out the new Cron scheduler please download our 1.0.0 release candidate. If you need any help, or if you have any feedback or suggestions for improvement please let us know.

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