How to create a Quartz Job?

How to create a Quartz Job?

The Quartz Jobs can be created with a very simple program by just adding the required libraries to the class path of your project. Here I will try to explain two different ways to configure a Quartz job. This complete post is divided into 3 sections.

Section 1: Common steps for both the approaches

Section 2: Simple Job with out any XML/Properties file involved

Section 3: With XML files and properties files to manage the Jobs.

So, lets put our hands in dirt.

Tools you need before you start this example: Eclipse Juno/Kepler.

Section 1: Common steps to create a Quartz Job/Scheduler

Step 1: Download the Jars for Quartz either from Maven or manual download.

Step 2: Create a Java project  {I am going with older approach}.

Step 3: Refer your downloaded jars in your class path (by Right Click on Project -> Build path -> Add External Archives ) See screen shot below, You could even use jta-1.1.jar instead of jboss-transaction-spi. But don’t miss this jar as this is a mandatory dependency for Quartz 2.2.1.


Note: Once these steps are over either you can choose Section 2 or Section 3. [I recommend Section 3]

Section 2:  Simple Job using Java Code

Step 1: Create a class which implements org.quartz.Job interface.

Step 2: Implement execute() method of this interface.

Step 3: Write your business logic inside this execute method i.e. what has to be done when your job gets executed.

See below code as example

package com.ravi.schedulers;

import org.quartz.Job;
import org.quartz.JobExecutionContext;
import org.quartz.JobExecutionException;

public class ExampleQuartzJob implements Job{

    public void execute(JobExecutionContext arg0) throws JobExecutionException    {
       // TODO Auto-generated method stub
       System.out.println("Logic Goes here........");

Create another class.

package com.ravi.schedulers.test;

import org.quartz.JobBuilder;
import org.quartz.JobDetail;
import org.quartz.Scheduler;
import org.quartz.SchedulerException;
import org.quartz.SchedulerFactory;
import org.quartz.SimpleScheduleBuilder;
import org.quartz.Trigger;
import org.quartz.TriggerBuilder;
import org.quartz.impl.StdSchedulerFactory;

public class TestBJob {

    public static void main(String[] args) {
        try {
            // Create Job details 
            JobDetail job = JobBuilder.newJob(TestJob.class)
           // Create the trigger with running interval of the job
           Trigger trigger = TriggerBuilder.newTrigger()
          //This is how you start the job
          SchedulerFactory schFactory = new StdSchedulerFactory();
          Scheduler scheduler = schFactory.getScheduler();
          // tricky step, if you don't start the scheduler, it won't run.
          // This is the thing which will run your Job at the triggered time/interval.
          scheduler.scheduleJob(job, trigger);
          //Use it to stop the scheduler. 
      } catch (SchedulerException e) {

Here are the next steps ….

You might get some warning as below as I missed the dependency of slf4j –

SLF4J: Failed to load class “org.slf4j.impl.StaticLoggerBinder”.
SLF4J: Defaulting to no-operation (NOP) logger implementation

But the program will run as it is not a mandatory dependency. If you want to avoid warning please add this jar as well in your references.

Lets move on to other section.

Section 3: Scheduler Jobs with XML, Properties files.

Step1: Create a XML file with name quartz-config.xml (You can even use another name :), just for identification I am using this name.)

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>


<description>This is Test Job</description>
<!-- It will run every 2 seconds -->
<cron-expression>0/2 * * * * ?</cron-expression>

Step2: Create a properties file with name, in the same folder.

org.quartz.scheduler.instanceName = ExampleQuartzJob
org.quartz.threadPool.threadCount = 3
org.quartz.jobStore.class = org.quartz.simpl.RAMJobStore
org.quartz.plugin.jobInitializer.class =org.quartz.plugins.xml.XMLSchedulingDataProcessorPlugin
org.quartz.plugin.jobInitializer.fileNames = com/ravi/schedulers/quartz-config.xml
org.quartz.plugin.jobInitializer.failOnFileNotFound = true

Once you are done with these two changes, you have to create a main method class to test this job.

package com.ravi.schedulers;

import javax.naming.NamingException;
import org.quartz.Scheduler;
import org.quartz.SchedulerException;
import org.quartz.SchedulerFactory;
import org.quartz.impl.StdSchedulerFactory;

public class QuartzRunner {
     public static void main(String[] args) throws SchedulerException, NamingException {
         // Creating scheduler factory and scheduler
         SchedulerFactory factory = new StdSchedulerFactory(
         Scheduler scheduler = factory.getScheduler();
         // Start scheduler

This is how you can create a scheduler job using Quartz API. Hope this was helpful and useful for your work.

If you are using Spring-Boot, your scheduling job become dam easy….

Here is how you need to configure your scheduling in Spring boot.

Use @EnableScheduling annotation at your application class/ Main program of Spring boot.

Then simply put @Scheduled(fixedDelay=150000) on your method which need to be scheduled.

For Example, I want to update my Log data into DB every 15 seconds. Here is the code for it,


public void updateDBLogs() {

// Read log file

// apply business logic

// insert into DB


There are many options than fixed delay for scheduling … you can even try Cron job like this.

@Scheduled(cron = “0 0 0/1 * * ?”)

Happy Scheduling 🙂


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