I've set up the cron job for magento. Do I have to set up a separate cron job for reindex? I'm running Magento 1.9.1

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To make separate & custom cron job for re-indexing follow below code/steps.

  • Add cron job into config.xml as below.
  • <crontab> <jobs> <my_cronscript_custom_re_index> <schedule><cron_expr>30 0 * * *</cron_expr></schedule> <run><model>MODULE_NAME/customreindex::runCustomReIndex</model></run> </my_cronscript_custom_re_index> </jobs> </crontab>
  • 30 0 * * * this cron will run every mid-night
  • Cron model file Customreindex.php
  • class MyPackage_MyModule_Model_Customreindex { public function runCustomReIndex() { Mage::app()->getCacheInstance()->flush(); Mage::app()->cleanCache();
    $indexCollection = Mage::getModel('index/process')->getCollection(); foreach ($indexCollection as $index) { $index->reindexAll(); }
    } }
  • Mage::app()->getCacheInstance()->flush(); and Mage::app()->cleanCache(); are to clear cache. You can avoid it if just need to re-index

Hi you can do this by can PHP script with include mage.php at that script

Step1: create PHP file and include `mage.php at the head section of this PHP file and set store as an admin

require_once "yourmagneto instacedir/www/www/app/Mage.php";
umask( 0 );
Mage :: app( "admin" );

Step2: get Collection of indexes and try to reindex by each index

  try {
        foreach ($indexCollection as $index) {
                    /* @var $process Mage_Index_Model_Process */
                    $process = $indexer->getProcessById($index->getId());
                    if ($process) {
                $count = count($processIds);

                   $meassage.= 'Total of %d index(es) have reindexed data'.$count;

            } catch (Mage_Core_Exception $e) {
               $meassage.= $e->getMessage();

         // $this->_getSession()->addError($e->getMessage());

Step3: add this PHP file to cron job


you can do this by shell program

php indexer.php --reindex catalog_product_price


php indexer.php --reindex indexcode

Default index code:

Process Name -> ID Code

Product Prices -> catalog_product_price

Catalog URL Rewrites -> catalog_url

Product Flat Data -> catalog_product_flat

Category Flat Data -> catalog_category_flat

Category Products -> catalog_category_product

Catalog Search Index -> catalogsearch_stock

Stock Status -> cataloginventory_stock

Tag Aggregation Data -> tag_summary



No need to create a separate cron job, we have to build cron functionality in Magento.

Simply you need to set on the server.

*/5 * * * * curl -s -o /dev/null


and add reindexing code bottom of cron job(cron.php) class.

// this loops through all indexes and processes those that say they require re-indexing

include_once '../app/Mage.php';

    $mageRunCode = isset ( $_SERVER ['MAGE_RUN_CODE'] ) ? $_SERVER ['MAGE_RUN_CODE'] : '';
    $mageRunType = isset ( $_SERVER ['MAGE_RUN_TYPE'] ) ? $_SERVER ['MAGE_RUN_TYPE'] : 'store';

        $app = Mage::app ( $mageRunCode, $mageRunType );
        for($i=3; $i<=9; $i++){
            $process = Mage::getSingleton('index/indexer')->getProcessById($i);
            $state = $process->getStatus();
        //    echo '<pre>'.$process->getData('indexer_code').': '.htmlentities(print_r($process->getStatus(),true)).'</pre>';
            if($process->getStatus() == 'require_reindex'){

In short No, you don't need a separate cron task, Magento's internal cron as long as you have at least one cronjob setup for cron.php OR cron.sh then the internal cron will handle any scheduled tasks required.

  • here. On the bottom it says since version 1.4 "reindex all" is left out. What does that mean? The cron job won't reindex data? Should I add it back?
    – Shawn
    Jan 6, 2015 at 18:54
  • Consult the 1.9 code if you need more specifics as that is a pretty dated article: 2012.
    – B00MER
    Jan 6, 2015 at 19:00

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