How to run Python scripts from shell

Python is available for many platforms including Linux and Windows. To download it for your system go to

cPanel includes by default Python, so you can easily run scripts – as root or as user.

To run Python scripts from shell:

1. Download the script or create the script file. Python scripts have the .py file extension.

2. Make the script executable with:

# chmod +x

3. Run the script:

# python

Our “Hello Word” Python script content

#! /usr/bin/python
print('Hello World!')

When executed, it will print “Hello World!”

root@web [/temp3]# python
Hello World!
root@web [/temp3]# 

To check where Python is installed on your server:

# whereis python

In most cases Python is installed in /usr/bin/python

root@web [/temp3]# whereis python
python: /usr/bin/python2.7 /usr/bin/python /usr/bin/python2.7-config /usr/lib/python2.7 /usr/lib64/python2.7 /etc/python /usr/include/python2.7 /usr/share/man/man1/python.1.gz
root@web [/temp3]#

If the directory is not added yet to the PATH variable, use:

# export PATH="$PATH:/usr/local/bin/python"

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