I'm trying to work which plugin is triggering wp-cron. I know about the code: http://codex.wordpress.org/Function_Reference/wp_get_schedules , but I'd prefer to do something in the sql backend rather than write a plugin.

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    For future readers, there are convenient plugins to view cron schedules like Cron Tasks Viewer.
    – Walf
    May 21, 2018 at 0:01

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Why don't you just create a cron job, make a database dump and look where the info about the cron job is kept? That's what I did. As suspected, WordPress 3.5.1 keeps its cron jobs in the {wp}_options table under the name 'cron'.

FROM `wp_options`
WHERE `option_name` LIKE '%cron%'

Or through functions.php:

$cron_jobs = get_option( 'cron' );
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    "Why don't you just create a cron job, make a database dump and look where the info about the cron job is kept? " - Because OP didn't know how? Jun 28, 2021 at 10:44

WordPress has an undocumented function, _get_cron_array(), that returns an array of all currently scheduled tasks. We are going to use a crude but effective method to dump out all the tasks using var_dump(). For ease of use place the following code in the plugin:

echo '<pre>';
print_r( _get_cron_array() );
echo '</pre>';

For more info: https://developer.wordpress.org/plugins/cron/simple-testing/

  • It seems that _get_cron_array() basically just calls get_option('cron'). Probably better to do that (as mentioned in the answer marked as correct) than use a function marked private (in its docblock). Dec 20, 2021 at 17:21

You can use the WP-CLI.

From the command line, you can run the following command from the directory of your WordPress installation:

wp cron event list  

It will display a table of the scheduled events, when it's set to run, and how often it's rescheduled. Here is what was returned to me when I ran the command:
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    Thanks, it worked for me, if someone wish to check list of wordpress cron on server then use this wp cron event list Apr 9, 2019 at 5:51
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    @HemantKumar That's exactly what Shreyl's answer said... Mar 5, 2020 at 19:09
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    If anyone wants to get the cron list for a multisite then you've to define a site URL like this: wp cron event list --url=http://domain.com/site_slug Nov 29, 2021 at 18:03

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