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Chronograph is a simple application that allows you to schedule management commands to be run at regular intervals. Schedules can be defined in Django's built-in admin interface. Requires cron or a similar tool (e.g. Windows Task Scheduler).

Chronograph has been forked by Inoa ( so we could continue to update and maintain the library. The former version in PyPI was out of date and apparently no longer mantained. Multiple forks exist around the internet (mainly in GitHub), and we hope to eventually combine the best from all of them.

You can use PyPI to install this library quickly with pip:

The information below was retained from the source fork's original readme file.

====================== My Fork of Chronograph

This fork includes these changes:

  • Adhoc jobs will be run by the cron job so the web ui doesn't block waiting on the job to finish
  • Minor change to the way the next run is calculated, now calculated from the previous next run value

Other changes made by the upstream project( are:

  • A last_run_sucessful flag on the Job model
  • A success flag on the Log model
  • A subscribers field on the Job model (ManyToMany with django.contrib.auth.models.User)
  • Whenever a job is run, all subscribers are e-mailed


Chronograph is a simple application that allows you to control the frequency at which a Django management command gets run.

To help explain how this is useful, let's consider a simple example. Say you've written an application that displays weather on your site. You've written a custom management command that you can execute which updates the weather::

python update_weather

You would like to be able to run this command every hour so that you always have the latest weather information displayed on your site. Rather than having to edit your crontab, cronograph allows you to simply add this functionality via your admin.

Installing Chronograph

Installing chronograph is pretty simple. First add it into INSTALLED_APPS in your file.

After this run `syncdb``. The only thing left to do is set up a periodic call to run the jobs.

If you're using cron, the following example can be added to your crontab::

* * * * * /path/to/your/project/ cron

You're done! Every minute cron will check to see if you have any pending jobs and if you do they'll be run. No more mucking about with your crontab.

If you have a more complicated setup where might not work by default see the section below on installing chronograph in a virtual environment.

Using a Virtual Environment

If you're using a virtual environment, setting up chronograph involves a bit more work, but not by much. Included is a script called Copy this file to your project directory.

You should open up this script and modify the path to your virtual environment's activate script::


Make sure that this file is executable and then update your crontab to execute the script. Running crontab -e ::

* * * * * /path/to/your/project/ /path/to/your/project

Make sure that you pass /path/to/your/project to the script as the first argument. This will ensure that cron will not have any problems finding your project directory.

Using Chronograph

If you've completed the above steps, you're all done. Now you can add some jobs to the system. Remember, chronograph is designed to run any install django-admin management command and it accommodates command-line arguments as well.

Cleaning Out Old Job Logs

If you'd like an easy way to delete old job logs, there is a management command that will do it for you: cron_clean. You can use it like so::

python cron_clean [weeks|days|hours|minutes] [integer]

So, if you want to remove all jobs that are older than a week, you can do the following::

python cron_clean weeks 1

Since this is just a simple management command, you can also easily add it to chronograph, via the admin, so that it will clear out old logs automatically.