In the basic settings of a feeds importer there is a select list:

Periodic import

Every 30 min

Choose how often a source should be imported periodically. Requires cron to be configured.

Merely selecting an option doesn't appear to import from my source every 30 minutes. It appears that I have to configure cron too. I've found a lot to read about this, but nothing that describes the basics.

What do I need to do to ensure my source is imported periodically? I can do a manual import without problem.

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For periodic import of feed, you have to configure cron.

Let say you want to import feed in every 1 hour then configure cron to run after every 1 hour too.

In Drupal 7 you can enable cron via the Administration > Configuration > System > Cron (admin/config/system/cron).

For more information cron setup visit here

  • My cron is set to run every 3 hours. After 3 hours elapses cron says it has run, but my content doesn't appear updated. If I run cron manually, it does update. Why isn't it updating automatically?
    – dbj44
    Commented May 25, 2014 at 8:36
  • Have you check error log or system log etc. ?
    – Rupesh
    Commented May 25, 2014 at 18:47

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