If I scheduled a CPU-intensive job via a cron scheduled event, how do I go about stopping it or cancelling the job while it is currently running?

  • Is this a one-time thing or would you like to be able to cancel a cron event from somewhere on a regular basis, perhaps from another PHP script?
    – kovshenin
    Commented Sep 4, 2015 at 11:28

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Removing / un-scheduling obsolete cron jobs can be achieved using this code snippet.

add_action("init", "remove_cron_job"); 
function remove_cron_job() {

Change the my_schedule_hook to cron’s hook name and add the code in your theme’s function.php file.

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    but this won't stop the job that's currently running. Commented Sep 5, 2015 at 7:54
  • Also wondering if this is possible (stopping the currently running cron)
    – atwellpub
    Commented Mar 9, 2017 at 23:56

You can delete scheduled cron jobs via a SSH command line. First, take a look at all your active and scheduled cron jobs by doing this command:

$ wp cron event list

Then you can delete any of the cron jobs by using their hook name. Let's say you have six jobs whose hook name is "crontrol_cron_job". You would run this command:

$ wp cron event delete crontrol_cron_job

You'll get a result of something like:

Deleted 6 instances of the cron event 'crontrol_cron_job'.

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