How to remove zip files in specific folder in my hosting by cron job?

I want to remove zip files in specific folder every day at 5:00PM

Please help.

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You can add a cronjob which will run at 5 PM daily which will find and remove all .zip files in the specified directory as:

find . -type f -name "*.zip" -exec rm -f {} \;

This will find all the .zip files in the current directory and remove them; this DOES not include directories named *zip

You can put the above command in a shell script as it is and then run it via cron.

To add a cron, simply put the following in the file that opens up after typing crontab -e:

0 17 * * * script.sh

Where script.sh is the script containing that one line command.

  • Thank you for reply. This my cron job screen how I can use this command on it ? i.imgur.com/sHnXFt2.png
    – Ali
    Nov 2, 2018 at 19:43
  • From the picture, the Weekday should have either 5 or 17 (consult with your hosting provider to clarify on that) and in the Minute field, it should be 00. In the Command field, you need to put the command that I shared (find . -type f -name "*.zip" -exec rm -f {} \;). Again, I'd recommend to ask your provider for how to set the time via GUI but the command should be the same.
    – sla3k
    Nov 2, 2018 at 19:52
  • Thank you for help I appreciate that my folder path is: public_html/ali/hi How I can write the command ?
    – Ali
    Nov 2, 2018 at 19:55
  • From the GUI, I am not sure but in order to search inside public_html/ali/hi when the command is called/run from something/public_html/ali/hi: find something/public_html/ali/hi -type f -name "*.zip" -exec rm -f {} \;; you can also put in the absolute path (from the terminal, run pwd while you are cd'd into ...ali/hi directory), the output is your absolute path to this directory. In this case, use: find absolute_path_here -type f -name "*.zip" -exec rm -f {} \;
    – sla3k
    Nov 2, 2018 at 20:00

change folder_path to your value

  1. crontab -e
  2. $(which find) folder_path -maxdepth 0 -name "*.zip" -delete
  3. save file (if vim :wq)

check cronjob installed: crontab -l

  • Thank you for help but unfortunately not work!
    – Ali
    Nov 2, 2018 at 22:12
  • Do you need exact values that you can use in your GUI? Did you change folder_path to the path of your choice? What is a full path of the directory you need to remove files from? Nov 5, 2018 at 14:45

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