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I'm looking for a cron job web service that is:

  • Reliable
  • Flexible
  • Free

I need to be able to schedule cron to execute.

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    What exactly do you need your cron job to do (http post?)? and free and reliable don't usually go together GAE may be an answer – user2813274 Aug 13 '14 at 15:10
  • HTTP/GET actually) I need it to be run remotely, so GAE probably won't work for me. – alexus Aug 13 '14 at 16:00
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Azure Scheduler can do HTTP requests (GET/POST) and has a free tier. It is very reliable and can be bent in any way. Free tier is limited with number of requests, but can be worked with.

Also there is Aditi Scheduler that has a free tier limited to 500 requests/month. I have not tried it, so can't comment on how flexible it is.

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  • Azure is anything else but reliable, but it may work for me as I need to do HTTP requests to Azure. – alexus Aug 14 '14 at 15:44
  • My experience have been completely opposite. YMMV. – trailmax Aug 14 '14 at 16:16
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This might be an example of where you can't have all 3 characteristics; you can only pick 2.

Try https://uptimerobot.com/. It's not that flexible (can't schedule specific times), but you get the added benefit of being notified when something fails. If that doesn't work, you can try user2813274's suggestion of Google App Engine.

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  • seems like uptimerobot.com is down now (it wasn't responding to me at first and then I got 500 ISE, so there goes that ... – alexus Aug 14 '14 at 15:45
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EasyCron https://www.easycron.com provides the most stable Cron Job Services. Here you can schedule cron jobs with execution logs, Email notifications, run time predictions and a bunch of other featuers!

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  • Website says it's only a 7 day free trial. But EasyCron is an interesting concept. – Bulrush May 24 '16 at 19:18
  • EasyCron provides a free plan at easycron.com/user/register/plan/1 that allows scheduling cron jobs run every 10 minutes. – Bruno May 26 '16 at 18:42

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