How to run python scripts on premium hosting
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How to run Python scripts

If you wish to run Python scripts in your hosting account, you can create and edit them in two ways: either in cPanel or via SSH.

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 script in cgi-bin folder or outside it.

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

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

  • Go to cgi-bin folder.
  • Vreate the file with .py extension for example in /home/cPuser/public_html/cgi-bin directory (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 whereis python command via SSH to check the directory.

Now the script should work using

If you would like to run Python file out of cgi-bin folder (in public_html or any other directory), it is necessary to add the following code to .htaccess file in the same directory where the Python script is placed:

Options +ExecCGI
AddHandler cgi-script .py

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