Cronicle is a multi-server task scheduler and runner, with a web based front-end UI. It handles both scheduled, repeating and on-demand jobs, targeting any number of worker servers, with real-time stats and live log viewer. It's basically a fancy Cron replacement written in Node.js. You can give it simple shell commands, or write Plugins in virtually any language.
Features at a Glance
- Single or multi-server setup.
- Automated failover to backup servers.
- Auto-discovery of nearby servers.
- Real-time job status with live log viewer.
- Plugins can be written in any language.
- Schedule events in multiple timezones.
- Optionally queue up long-running events.
- Track CPU and memory usage for each job.
- Historical stats with performance graphs.
- Simple JSON messaging system for Plugins.
- Web hooks for external notification systems.
- Simple REST API for scheduling and running events.
- API Keys for authenticating remote apps.
The Cronicle documentation is split up across these files:
- → Installation & Setup
- → Configuration
- → Setup
- → Web UI
- → Plugins
- → Command Line
- → Inner Workings
- → API Reference
- → Development
A quick introduction to some common terms used in Cronicle:
|Primary Server||The primary server which keeps time and runs the scheduler, assigning jobs to other servers, and/or itself.|
|Backup Server||A worker server which will automatically become primary and take over duties if the current primary dies.|
|Worker Server||A server which sits idle until it is assigned jobs by the primary server.|
|Server Group||A named group of servers which can be targeted by events, and tagged as "primary eligible", or "worker only".|
|API Key||A special key that can be used by external apps to send API requests into Cronicle. Remotely trigger jobs, etc.|
|User||A human user account, which has a username and a password. Passwords are salted and hashed with bcrypt.|
|Plugin||Any executable script in any language, which runs a job and reads/writes JSON to communicate with Cronicle.|
|Schedule||The list of events, which are scheduled to run at particular times, on particular servers.|
|Category||Events can be assigned to categories which define defaults and optionally a color highlight in the UI.|
|Event||An entry in the schedule, which may run once or many times at any interval. Each event points to a Plugin, and a server or group to run it.|
|Job||A running instance of an event. If an event is set to run hourly, then a new job will be created every hour.|
We stand on the shoulders of giants. Cronicle was built using these awesome Node modules:
|async||Higher-order functions and common patterns for asynchronous code.||MIT|
|bcrypt-node||Native JS implementation of BCrypt for Node.||BSD 3-Clause|
|chart.js||Simple HTML5 charts using the canvas element.||MIT|
|daemon||Add-on for creating *nix daemons.||MIT|
|errno||Node.js libuv errno details exposed.||MIT|
|font-awesome||The iconic font and CSS framework.||OFL-1.1 and MIT|
|form-data||A library to create readable "multipart/form-data" streams. Can be used to submit forms and file uploads to other web applications.||MIT|
|formidable||A Node.js module for parsing form data, especially file uploads.||MIT|
|glob||Filesystem globber (
|jstimezonedetect||Automatically detects the client or server timezone.||MIT|
|mdi||Material Design Webfont. This includes the Stock and Community icons in a single webfont collection.||OFL-1.1 and MIT|
|mkdirp||Recursively mkdir, like
|moment||Parse, validate, manipulate, and display dates.||MIT|
|moment-timezone||Parse and display moments in any timezone.||MIT|
|netmask||Parses and understands IPv4 CIDR blocks so they can be explored and compared.||MIT|
|node-static||A simple, compliant file streaming module for node.||MIT|
|nodemailer||Easy as cake e-mail sending from your Node.js applications.||MIT|
|shell-quote||Quote and parse shell commands.||MIT|
|socket.io||Node.js real-time framework server (Websockets).||MIT|
|socket.io-client||Client library for server-to-server socket.io connections.||MIT|
|zxcvbn||Realistic password strength estimation, from Dropbox.||MIT|
Companies Using Cronicle
Cronicle is known to be in use by the following companies:
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