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Trigger functions or evaluate cron expressions in JavaScript or TypeScript. No dependencies. All features. Node. Deno. Bun. Browser.

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Croner - Cron for JavaScript and TypeScript

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  • Trigger functions in JavaScript using Cron syntax.
  • Evaluate cron expressions and get a list of upcoming run times.
  • Uses Vixie-cron pattern, with additional features such as L for last day and weekday of month and # for nth weekday of month.
  • Works in Node.js >=7.6 (both require and import), Deno >=1.16 and Bun >=0.2.2.
  • Works in browsers as standalone, UMD or ES-module.
  • Target different time zones.
  • Built-in overrun protection
  • Built-in error handling
  • Includes TypeScript typings.
  • Support for asynchronous functions.
  • Pause, resume, or stop execution after a task is scheduled.
  • Operates in-memory, with no need for a database or configuration files.
  • Zero dependencies.

Quick examples:

// Basic: Run a function at the interval defined by a cron expression
const job = Cron('*/5 * * * * *', () => {
	console.log('This will run every fifth second');

// Enumeration: What dates do the next 100 sundays occur on?
const nextSundays = Cron('0 0 0 * * 7').nextRuns(100);

// Days left to a specific date
const msLeft = Cron('59 59 23 24 DEC *').nextRun() - new Date();
console.log(Math.floor(msLeft/1000/3600/24) + " days left to next christmas eve");

// Run a function at a specific date/time using a non-local timezone (time is ISO 8601 local time)
// This will run 2024-01-23 00:00:00 according to the time in Asia/Kolkata
Cron('2024-01-23T00:00:00', { timezone: 'Asia/Kolkata' }, () => { console.log('Yay!') });

More examples...


Full documentation on installation and usage is found at

Note If you are migrating from a different library such as cron or node-cron, or upgrading from a older version of croner, see the migration section of the manual.

Install croner using your favorite package manager or CDN. then include it in you project:

Using Node.js or Bun

// ESM Import ...
import { Cron } from "croner";

// ... or CommonJS Require, destructure to add type hints
const { Cron } = require("croner");

Using Deno

import { Cron } from "";

In a webpage using the UMD-module

<script src=""></script>



Cron takes three arguments

// Parameters
// - First: Cron pattern, js date object (fire once), or ISO 8601 time string (fire once)
// - Second: Options (optional)
// - Third: Function run trigger (optional)
const job = Cron("* * * * * *", { maxRuns: 1 }, () => {} );

// If function is omitted in constructor, it can be scheduled later
job.schedule(job, /* optional */ context) => {});

The job will be sceduled to run at next matching time unless you supply option { paused: true }. The Cron(...) constructor will return a Cron instance, later called job, which have a couple of methods and properties listed below.


job.nextRun( /*optional*/ startFromDate );	// Get a Date object representing the next run.
job.nextRuns(10, /*optional*/ startFromDate ); // Get an array of Dates, containing the next n runs.
job.msToNext( /*optional*/ startFromDate ); // Get the milliseconds left until the next execution.
job.currentRun(); 		// Get a Date object showing when the current (or last) run was started.
job.previousRun( ); 		// Get a Date object showing when the previous job was started.

job.isRunning(); 	// Indicates if the job is scheduled and not paused or killed (true or false).
job.isStopped(); 	// Indicates if the job is permanently stopped using `stop()` (true or false).
job.isBusy(); 		// Indicates if the job is currently busy doing work (true or false).

job.getPattern(); 	// Returns the original pattern string

Control functions

job.trigger();		// Force a trigger instantly
job.pause();		// Pause trigger
job.resume();		// Resume trigger
job.stop();		// Stop the job completely. It is not possible to resume after this.
				// Note that this also removes named jobs from the exported `scheduledJobs` array.

Properties 			// Optional job name, populated if a name were passed to options


Key Default value Data type Remarks
name undefined String If you specify a name for the job, Croner will keep a reference to the job in the exported array scheduledJobs. The reference will be removed on .stop().
maxRuns Infinite Number
catch false Boolean|Function Catch unhandled errors in triggered function. Passing true will silently ignore errors. Passing a callback function will trigger this callback on error.
timezone undefined String Timezone in Europe/Stockholm format
startAt undefined String ISO 8601 formatted datetime (2021-10-17T23:43:00)
in local time (according to timezone parameter if passed)
stopAt undefined String ISO 8601 formatted datetime (2021-10-17T23:43:00)
in local time (according to timezone parameter if passed)
interval 0 Number Minimum number of seconds between triggers.
paused false Boolean If the job should be paused from start.
context undefined Any Passed as the second parameter to triggered function
legacyMode true boolean Combine day-of-month and day-of-week using true = OR, false = AND
unref false boolean Setting this to true unrefs the internal timer, which allows the process to exit even if a cron job is running.
utcOffset undefined number Schedule using a specific utc offset in minutes. This does not take care of daylight savings time, you probably want to use option timezone instead.
protect undefined boolean|Function Enabled over-run protection. Will block new triggers as long as an old trigger is in progress. Pass either true or a callback function to enable

Warning Unreferencing timers (option unref) is only supported by Node.js and Deno. Browsers have not yet implemented this feature, and it does not make sense to use it in a browser environment.


The expressions used by Croner are very similar to those of Vixie Cron, but with a few additions and changes as outlined below:

// ┌──────────────── (optional) second (0 - 59)
// │ ┌────────────── minute (0 - 59)
// │ │ ┌──────────── hour (0 - 23)
// │ │ │ ┌────────── day of month (1 - 31)
// │ │ │ │ ┌──────── month (1 - 12, JAN-DEC)
// │ │ │ │ │ ┌────── day of week (0 - 6, SUN-Mon) 
// │ │ │ │ │ │       (0 to 6 are Sunday to Saturday; 7 is Sunday, the same as 0)
// │ │ │ │ │ │
// * * * * * *
  • Croner expressions have the following additional modifiers:

    • ?: The question mark is substituted with the time of initialization. For example, ? ? * * * * would be substituted with 25 8 * * * * if the time is :08:25 at the time of new Cron('? ? * * * *', <...>). The question mark can be used in any field.
    • L: The letter 'L' can be used in the day of the month field to indicate the last day of the month. When used in the day of the week field in conjunction with the # character, it denotes the last specific weekday of the month. For example, 5#L represents the last Friday of the month.
    • #: The # character specifies the "nth" occurrence of a particular day within a month. For example, supplying 5#2 in the day of week field signifies the second Friday of the month. This can be combined with ranges and supports day names. For instance, MON-FRI#2 would match the Monday through Friday of the second week of the month.
  • Croner allows you to pass a JavaScript Date object or an ISO 8601 formatted string as a pattern. The scheduled function will trigger at the specified date/time and only once. If you use a timezone different from the local timezone, you should pass the ISO 8601 local time in the target location and specify the timezone using the options (2nd parameter).

  • Croner also allows you to change how the day-of-week and day-of-month conditions are combined. By default, Croner (and Vixie cron) will trigger when either the day-of-month OR the day-of-week conditions match. For example, 0 20 1 * MON will trigger on the first of the month as well as each Monday. If you want to use AND (so that it only triggers on Mondays that are also the first of the month), you can pass { legacyMode: false }. For more information, see issue #53.

Field Required Allowed values Allowed special characters Remarks
Seconds Optional 0-59 * , - / ?
Minutes Yes 0-59 * , - / ?
Hours Yes 0-23 * , - / ?
Day of Month Yes 1-31 * , - / ? L
Month Yes 1-12 or JAN-DEC * , - / ?
Day of Week Yes 0-7 or SUN-MON * , - / ? L # 0 to 6 are Sunday to Saturday
7 is Sunday, the same as 0
# is used to specify nth occurrence of a weekday

Note Weekday and month names are case-insensitive. Both MON and mon work. When using L in the Day of Week field, it affects all specified weekdays. For example, 5-6#L means the last Friday and Saturday in the month." The # character can be used to specify the "nth" weekday of the month. For example, 5#2 represents the second Friday of the month.

It is also possible to use the following "nicknames" as pattern.

Nickname Description
@yearly Run once a year, ie. "0 0 1 1 *".
@annually Run once a year, ie. "0 0 1 1 *".
@monthly Run once a month, ie. "0 0 1 * *".
@weekly Run once a week, ie. "0 0 * * 0".
@daily Run once a day, ie. "0 0 * * *".
@hourly Run once an hour, ie. "0 * * * *".

Why another JavaScript cron implementation

Because the existing ones are not good enough. They have serious bugs, use bloated dependencies, do not work in all environments, and/or simply do not work as expected.

croner cronosjs node-cron cron node-schedule
Node.js (CommonJS)
Browser (ESMCommonJS)
Deno (ESM)
Over-run protection
Error handling
Typescript typings
Unref timers (optional)
dom-AND-dow (optional)
Next run
Next n runs
Minimum interval
Controls (stop/resume)
Range (0-13)
Stepping (*/5)
Last day of month (L)
Nth weekday of month (#)
In depth comparison of various libraries
croner cronosjs node-cron cron node-schedule
Minified size (KB) 17.0 14.9 15.2 85.4 ⚠️ 100.5 ⚠️
Bundlephobia minzip (KB) 5.0 5.1 5.7 25.8 29.2 ⚠️
Dependencies 0 0 1 1 3 ⚠️
Downloads/week 1 2019K 31K 447K 1366K 1046K
Issues 1 0 2 133 ⚠️ 13 145 ⚠️
Code coverage 99% 98% 100% 81% 94%
Ops/s 1 2 3 4 5 6 160 651 55 593 N/A ❌ 6 313 ⚠️ 2 726 ⚠️
Ops/s 0 0 0 29 2 * 176 714 67 920 N/A ❌ 3 104 ⚠️ 737 ⚠️
Tests 11/11 10/11 0/11 2 7/11 ⚠️ 9/11


  • Table last updated at 2023-10-10
  • node-cron has no interface to predict when the function will run, so tests cannot be carried out.
  • All tests and benchmarks were carried out using


Master branch

Node.js CI Deno CI Bun CI

This branch contains the latest stable code, released on npm's default channel latest. You can install the latest stable revision by running the command below.

npm install croner --save

Dev branch

Node.js CI Deno CI Bun CI

This branch contains code currently being tested, and is released at channel dev on npm. You can install the latest revision of the development branch by running the command below.

npm install croner@dev

Warning Expect breaking changes if you do not pin to a specific version.

A list of fixes and features currently released in the dev branch is available here

Contributing & Support

Croner is founded and actively maintained by Hexagon. If you find value in Croner and want to contribute:

Your trust, support, and contributions drive the project. Every bit, irrespective of its size, is deeply appreciated.


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  2. Node-cron has no way of showing next run time.

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