AnyEvent::DateTime::Cron - AnyEvent crontab with DateTime::Event::Cron


version 0.08


            '* * * * *'   => sub { warn "Every minute"},
            '*/2 * * * *' => sub { warn "Every second minute"},

    $cron = AnyEvent::DateTime::Cron->new();
        '* * * * *', name   => 'job_name', single => 1,  sub {'foo'},


    $cv = $cron->start;

    AnyEvent::DateTime::Cron->new(time_zone => 'local');
            '* * * * *'   => sub { warn "Every minute"},
            '*/2 * * * *' => sub { warn "Every second minute"},


AnyEvent::DateTime::Cron is an AnyEvent based crontab, which supports all crontab formats recognised by DateTime::Event::Cron.

It allows you to shut down a running instance gracefully, by waiting for any running cron jobs to finish before exiting.



    $cron = AnyEvent::DateTime::Cron->new(
        time_zone => ...
        quartz    => 0/1

Creates a new AnyEvent::DateTime::Cron instance - takes optional parameters time_zone and quartz.

time_zone can will be used to set the time_zone for any DateTime objects that are used internally.

if quartz is set to a true value then this class will use switch to using DateTime::Event::Cron::Quartz internally, which will allow the use of seconds in the cron expression. See the DateTime::Event::Cron::Quartz for details on writing a proper quartz cron expression.


        '* * * * *',                                     sub {...},
        '* * * * *', name   => 'job_name', single => 1,  sub {...},

Use add() to add new cron jobs. It accepts a list of crontab entries, optional paremeters and callbacks.

The name parameter is useful for debugging, otherwise the auto-assigned ID is used instead.

The single parameter, if true, will only allow a single instance of a job to run at any one time.

New jobs can be added before running, or while running.

See "CALLBACKS" for more.



Delete one or more existing jobs, before starting or while running.


    my $cv = $cron->start;

Schedules all jobs to start at the next scheduled time, and returns an AnyEvent condvar.

The cron loop can be started by calling recv() on the condvar.



Used to shutdown the cron loop gracefully. You can also shutdown the cron loop by sending a TERM signal to the process.


    $job = $cron->jobs

Returns a hashref containing all the current cron jobs.



Turn on debugging.


A callback is a coderef (eg an anonymous subroutine) which will be called every time your job is triggered. Callbacks should use AnyEvent themselves, so that they run asynchronously, otherwise they can block the execution of the cron loop, delaying other jobs.

Two parameters are passed to your callback: the main $cv of the cron loop, and the $job_description which contains various details about the current job.

The $cv is the most important parameter, as it allows you to control how your cron loop will shut down. If your callback doesn't use AnyEvent and is blocking, then your callback will complete before it returns to the cron loop.

However, if your callback is running asynchronously (and it really should), then you can block the cron loop from responding to a "stop()" request until your job has completed:

    sub {
        my $cv = shift;
        do_something_asynchronous( cb => sub { $cv->end })

Callbacks are called inside an eval so if they throw an error, they will warn, but won't cause the cron loop to exit.


  • Clinton Gormley <>

  • Andy Gorman <>


This software is copyright (c) 2013 by Clinton Gormley.

This is free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the same terms as the Perl 5 programming language system itself.