How to run python script

To create and edit Python script in cPanel use the following steps: 

1. Log in to your cPanel:
2. Go to section Files > File Manager

3. You can choose whether you want to run the script in the cgi-bin folder or outside of it. 

The cgi-bin folder contains executable CGI scripts. If the file should be placed out of the cgi-bin folder,.htaccess should be created additionally. 

4. In order to run the Python script in the cgi-bin folder follow the steps: 

  • Go to the cgi-bin folder
  • Create a file with a .py extension, for example in the /home/cPuser/public_html/cgi-bindirectory (where cPuser is your actual cPanel username). 

5. In order to create the file, click New File > specify the name of the file with the required extension and click Create New File

6. Change the permission of the file to 0755

NOTE: Files are created with default permissions 0644. The .py file will become executable when the permissions are changed to 0755

7. In order to change the permissions of the file you need to select the file > click Change Permissions >Mark Execute for User, Group, World columns and click Change Permissions

8. Open the file, click Edit and add the code. 

We will add the following script for testing purposes: 


print "Content-type: text/html\n\n"
print "How to run Python scripts in cPanel" 

NOTE: The file should start with the path to the Python scripts that is /usr/bin/python on our servers, but you can run the whereis python command via SSH to check the directory. 

Now the script should work using 

If you would like to run the Python file not in the cgi-bin folder (in public_html or any other directory), it is necessary to add the following code to the .htaccess file in the same directory where the Python script is placed: 

Options +ExecCGI 
AddHandler cgi-script .py 

Was this answer helpful?

 Print this Article

Also Read

Installing a SSL certificate on your server, using cPanel

After the certificate has been issued, and sent to you by the Certificate Authority, you can...

How to setup environment for Ruby on Rails application

You can setup your environment for your Ruby on Rails application in cPanel in the following way:...

Fix ‘Err Name Not Resolved’ in Windows

The number of internet error everyone is getting in Google Chrome is too damn high these days....

Commonly Used Port Numbers

This is a list of commonly used ports, and does not include all possible ports that may be opened...

Heroku Custom Domain Name

To add a custom domain for heroku app, please follow the procedure belowstep 1: Point your domain...

Our official partners