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Run Python Script on boot

by Dillon - Updated -

Writing your own Shell scripts is a great way to automate your processes. In this post, I will show you how to Run Python Script on boot.

This example will be for Raspberry Pi Computers and will run a python script when the device is booted and the user has authenticated.

The Python script will create a new file in the PI user’s documents directory.

Edit the LXDE autostart file

First, change your directory to the LXDE-pi directory using:

cd /etc/xdg/lxsession/LXDE-pi

Next, open the autostart file in a text editor like Vim or Nano.

nano autostart

Add the following configuration to the file to run a python script on boot:

@lxpanel --profile LXDE-pi
@pcmanfm --desktop --profile LXDE-pi
@xscreensaver -no-splash
@/usr/bin/python3 /home/pi/Documents/scripts/example.py

Write the file out by using Ctrl+O.

Create the Python Script to run on boot

Now, open a new file in the Documents/scripts directory called example.py

nano /home/pi/Documents/scripts/example.py

Add the following Python code to the new file:

with open('new-file.txt','w') as f:

f.write('Created when the device was booted!')

Then write the file out using Ctrl+O.

Finally, restart your machine.

After the device has booted to the desktop screen, open the Documents/scripts directory to see the new file called new-file.txt.

Learn more about LXDE sessions.

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