Cade Rosche

Build and Deploy an Automated Task Scheduler with Go

Author: Cade Rosche

Published: 12/30/2023

Example repo:


What task scheduling library should I choose?

You could always build your own. But using a well-tested library will save you a lot of time and heartache.

I compared a list of Go task/job scheduling libraries. I used the list from

After opening every GitHub repo in the list, I found gocron. It had the most stars in the list and I liked what I saw in the example of its API.

Here's a simple example of gocron's API:

package main

import (


func task() {
    fmt.Println("I am a task")

func main() {
    // Create a new scheduler
    s := gocron.NewScheduler(time.UTC)

    // Schedule a task to run every second

    // Schedule a task to run at 
    // 10:30 every day

    // Start the scheduler

The above code will run the task function every second and at 10:30 AM every day, which prints "I am a task" to the console.

What can I make my task scheduler do for me?

You could integrate this with with any service that provides an API or webhooks.

Some examples include:

There are also some Go libraries you might find useful for building tasks:

You can find more useful libraries in the awesome-go repo.

And don't forget that you can use any of the Go standard library:

How do I deploy my task scheduler so that it runs all the time?

There are a million different ways you could deploy your task scheduler.

This article will focus on deploying to Railway.


I hope this article helped you get started with building and deploying a task scheduler with Go.

If you have any questions or comments, please reach out to me on via email at