WHMCS : Daily Cron Run Warning in Admin Panel

If you have setup WHMCS on a server and migrated to new server or changed your hosting provider, chances are you gonna restore your WHMCS installation. One of the common problem is tough you set up cron job, WHMCS will not pick it up and displays error in Admin area.

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How do we fix WHMCS – Automation : Daily Cron Job Error?

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from the WHMCS admin panel, copy the command WHMCS displays in Cron Status (above screen). SSH to your sever with root or run the below query with sudo command

/opt/cpanel/ea-php73/root/usr/bin/php -q /home/<home dir>/public_html/<whmcs dir>/crons/cron.php all -F -vvv


all : run all jobs

-F : force execute

-vvv : verbosity of command line output

the output will be like


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and this should address the issue. Now add it to cron job from cPanel to run once a day

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WHMCS Automation Task Utility: all


Daily Cron Automation Mode

Queuing Tasks

Mask Out Details



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[OK] Completed


WHMCS – Automation : Daily Cron issue reAppeared

In some cases, seems this issue resolves for a day and reappears next day, lets fix this issue. SSH to your server as root and configure cron job ourself. Just to track logs I’m about to create a new user – if you want you can do this else use a directory to track logs.

Create a new user
useradd cplogs

navigate to ‘cplogs’ users directory
cd /home/cplogs/

create a log file to trace logs
vim cronlog.txt
and type following keys form keyboard, in order to get out of VIM editor
Esc : w q !

lets set up a cron job manually, which runs everyday at 9 am and write logs to ‘cronlog.txt’ file

Access Cronjob file with below command
crontab -e

get into the INSERT mode by pressing ‘i’ key from the keyboard

* 9 * * * /opt/cpanel/ea-php73/root/usr/bin/php -q /home/--your-user--/public_html/--WHMCS-Admin-Dir--/crons/cron.php -F -vvv > /home/cplogs/cronlog.txt 2>&1

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1. As explained above its force and display verbose
2. we have given path to write logs, in our case its in ‘/home/cplogs/cronlog.txt’
3. 2<&1 write both error & success logs to the cronlog.txt

Once the cron has executed successfully, log file look like

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and Cron job status

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Hope this address your issue, please leave a comment and let me know if the tutorial was helpful

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