We ware struggling getting the HTTP API cron task to run. We found that (at the time of writing) the official documentation doesn't work for our version: 1.15.8. After many tries we found the correct way to call the cron API:

curl -d "{}" -H "X-API-Key: API_KEY_HERE " https://YOUR_DOMAIN/api/tasks/cron

In short, it needs to be a POST request, that has the X-API-Key header. Obviously you'll need to generate the API key for the IP you're executing the request from.

I hope I saved you some time.

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