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I would like to run the python script, when I startup the Linux machine. How can I do so? I don't need the user to login the OS to start the script. (The user is password protected.)

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What distribution? Are you using upstart, systemd, or something else? – David Schwartz Aug 23 '12 at 12:42
Have you done much research into this? The top results when Googling your question comes up with links that say the exact same thing as the below answer from mnmnc. – bobmagoo Aug 23 '12 at 12:58
possible duplicate of How do I make a script run upon startup of the Ubuntu machine? – Indrek Aug 23 '12 at 17:46
@Indrek: It's not an exact duplicate, since this post does not specify Ubuntu, while the question is somewhat distro-specific. – grawity Aug 23 '12 at 18:50

Generic method – add the script to /etc/rc.local:


if your python interpreter is under /usr/bin, or simply


if your script is marked executable (+x).

Note that some systems use /etc/rc.d/rc.local instead.

On systemd systems, rc.local might be ignored completely.

Create a service unit, /etc/systemd/system/something.service:

Description=Script name



Tell systemd to start the script on boot with systemctl enable something.service.

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Although Ted explicitly asks about OS startup and not about user login, the proper place for post-login scripts is .profile, .xprofile and/or .config/autostart/. Adding something to .bashrc will cause it to be run every time a terminal is opened. – grawity Aug 23 '12 at 17:15
i stand corrected. Thank you. – mnmnc Aug 23 '12 at 17:19
Just to note: on some systems, the file may be located at /etc/rc.d/rc.local. – clpo13 Aug 23 '12 at 17:44
@clpo13: And some systems might not be using rc.local at all (such as most systemd-using Linux distros)... – grawity Aug 23 '12 at 17:51

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