Last updated 4 September 2016. Created on 13 January 2007.
Edited by gisle, davidneedham, pfrenssen, jonathan1055. Log in to edit this page.

Scheduler module


The scheduler module allows nodes to be published and unpublished on specified dates and times.

Dates can be entered either as plain text or via selection from a Javascript pop-up calendar via JSCalendar in Drupal 5 or Date module in Drupal 6 and Drupal 7.


If you want a quick introduction to Scheduler, check out these great screencasts:


  1. Copy the scheduler directory to your modules directory.
  2. Enable the module, database schemas will be setup automatically.
  3. Grant users the permission "schedule (un)publishing of nodes" so they can set when the nodes they create are to be (un)published.
  4. You can also set the date/time format to be used in Administer -> Site configuration -> Schedule module settings.
  5. Visit Administer -> Content management -> Content types and select any node type and check the box "enable scheduled (un)publishing" for this node type.
  6. Check "Change content creation time to match the scheduled publish time" to alter the published on time to match the scheduled time.
  7. Repeat for all node types that you want scheduled publishing for.


For node types that have been enabled for using Scheduler the node edit page has an extra collapsible fieldset. In this you will find:

  • Publish on
  • Unpublish on

Publish on: Enter here the date that you would like the posting to be published. Leave this blank to disable automatic scheduled publishing. This is useful if you would like to make a posting published immediately but then unpublished at a later date.

Unpublish on: Enter here the date that you would like the posting to be unpublished. Leave this blank if you do not want the posting to be automatically unpublished.


  1. If you have JSCalender (part of the JSTools module) installed and enabled, then the publish and unpublish dates can be entered with the JSCalender pop-up (only Drupal 5 version)
  2. Scheduled automated publish and unpublish functions occur via the cron system so the actual, real world, publication times will be aligned to when your cron system runs. For example, if you enter a published time of 3:45pm but cron only runs once an hour on the hour then the real publish time will be 4:00pm and not 3:45pm.
  3. The creation time of the node will be set to the scheduled publication time if you enable "Alter published on time" in the content-type settings.

Looking for support? Visit the forums, or join #drupal-support in IRC.


troubador’s picture

Just to clarify the above: to enable scheduler for a particular content type, you need to be on the edit page for that type. The relevant checkboxes are under "Workflow Settings."

See this screenshot, under this bug thread.

Hope this helps. :)

spiritkarma’s picture

In Drupal 6, on my set-up at least, it shows up OUTSIDE of "Workflow", and beneath.

webdrips’s picture

If you need to use a hook_form_alter() or hook_form_FORM_ID_alter() with this module, be sure to set the weight of your module to at least 1 using hook_install():

  db_query("UPDATE {system} SET weight = 2 WHERE name = 'yourmodulename'");

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shawnwow’s picture

I do apologize if this is not the right place, but I am an admin on the drupal page and I found the video tutorial very helpful on how to schedule nodes through the panel at the bottom (the one that has revision information and publishing options) of the article creation template, but we need to be able to let certain non-admin groups be able to schedule (they don't have that panel). Is there a way to do this? Is there a setting I can change to give them that panel?
Thank you, and I apologize if this is not the right spot to ask this question.

jonathan1055’s picture

Thanks for your interest in Scheduler. The best place to ask for support with any project is in that projects own issue queue, as that is much more likely to get a response. It was a very lucky chance I happened to see your posting here (wont go into details). Please go to Scheduler and raise a support request issue there. I'll be happy to help.