Running A Python Script In Every 30 Minutes Using Crontab?

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I want to run a python script for every 30 minutes. For this, I am using crontab. I am new to crontab, I read and to run a script for 30 mins I have to use a query something like this:

*/30 * * * * python

But where exactly I have to fire this command.

I tried,

crontab -e

and change the file into,

*/30 * * * * python

Can someone explain how can I use crontab properly?

PS: I want to run a script for every 30 mins on a server that I have created on AWS ec2 instance, is there any alternate solution?

I am using Ubuntu 16.04



Suppose I have a python file with the contents

print "hello"

To schedule it to run every 30 minutes, use

crontab -e

Then edit to add

*/30 * * * * python /path-to-file/

To check if cron ran succesfully

grep CRON /var/log/syslog

Here, you will see in logs, lines like

May 31 14:25:01 shivam-PC CRON[17805]: (shivam) CMD (python /home/shivam/

Note: print statement might not show in logs, so use

*/30 * * * * python /path-to-file/ >> /path-to-file/out.txt

and then check out.txt for print logs.

An alternate solution would be to use Celery.