Scripting in Python | Py4

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Before we used Python to make terminal programs however now we will make a program which controls our Linux system to do stuff; this is known as scripting.

Scripting is primarily used to automate tasks for websites and web applications while using an existing program. For this, we will use a module called subprocess this is used to run commands on your Linux system.

Subprocess init

First we will import subprocess by:

import subprocess

The basic syntax of this module to run commands is:

1"{commands}", shell=true) 

For example, we can run the cd command to change our current working directory to a folder named Python.

1"cd python/", shell=true)

This would run the command and change your current working directory to the folder named python/


subprocess calls the module

.run runs the module so we can run our commands, this is taken from its documentation

shell= this is a boolean value that indicates if we want to run the string given in ( ). This allows us to actually run the command rather than just put the string their on the terminal.


This can be useful for doing a lot of things like extracting stored WiFi passwords, house keeping, converting media, et cetera. Here are some of the scripts I have created in the past:

You can find guides for all of the scripts here: /python

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