Question:

I installed Matomo on my server, and I want to set up a cron job to trigger Matomo's cron job script. What should I do to set up the cron job?

Answer:

Our webcron service is best for triggering Matomo's cron job script. Just follow below simple steps to configure cron job for your Matomo:

  1. Open your cron job dashboard, click on " Cron Job" button.
  2. In Matomo admin panel, disable browser trigger:

    Disable browser triggers for Matomo archiving and limit Matomo reports to updating every hour
    Copy token_auth:

    Copy token_auth
  3. In field "URL to call", enter http://www.example.com/path/to/piwik/misc/cron/archive.php?token_auth=XYZ (replace http://www.example.com/path/to/ with your install location). Choose an appropriate cron job execution frequancy (for Matomo, we recommend to have the cron job run "every hour"). Checkout below screenshot:

    Set up cron job for Matomo
  4. If necessary, finish the other optional settings.
  5. Click "Create Cron Job" button. You're done! EasyCron will trigger your Matomo's cron job script dutifully according to your time setting.
  6. If you haven't registered your EasyCron account yet, click on the "add a password" link on the top to add an email and password to your account.