I’m trying to schedule my pi 3b+ (buster) to shutdown automatically at a certain time, but it’s not listening to me. What am i doing wrong?

Sudo crontab -e

Then i add (nano) this to bottom of the file:

36 08 * * * sudo /sbin/shutdown –h now

This should tell it to shutdown everyday at 8:36am, correct?

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    Try adding a @reboot shutdown -h 08:36 line. Which uses the shutdown command's scheduler.
    – Dougie
    Commented Mar 9, 2020 at 14:18
  • Not working. Also tried adding that in autostart file. No luck.
    – Fun4stuff
    Commented Mar 9, 2020 at 15:45
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    I got it. It was setting it to occur the following day. I had been setting it for a few mins after current time to test it, which wasn’t working because it was setting it to occur 24 hrs later. Thanks all!
    – Fun4stuff
    Commented Mar 9, 2020 at 17:48

1 Answer 1


Open crontab by crontab -e or export VISUAL=nano; crontab -e which is much easier to edit. Then, add the line below at the end of that:

@reboot /sbin/shutdown -h 08:36

You can also follow your procedure that mentioned. Gonna work.

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