I'm trying to use my laptop to instruct multiple raspberry pi's to take a picture simultaneously.

I have a DHCP LAN network which connects to my laptop and raspberry pi through ethernet cables. I've assigned a static IP to my laptop ( and to my raspberry pis ( and (

How can I get my Raspberry Pi's to immediately execute a "listening" Python script upon startups waiting for prompts from my laptop to take these pictures? What script can I use from my laptop to instruct these pi's to take a picture?

Not sure if this would come in handy but my Pis are installed with Raspbian and my laptop with Windows 10.

  • so, are you asking, how do you start a python program on boot? Jan 8, 2020 at 11:25
  • You have DHCP but use static addresses? Then DHCP seems irrelevant to the question. Jan 8, 2020 at 11:30
  • Does this answer your question? what is the easiest way to trigger an event on 3 Pis at the same time
    – joan
    Jan 8, 2020 at 11:54
  • Sorry I might have misunderstood the meaning of DHCP. I'm using a LAN device where I connect all computers to it through ethernet cables. Currently accessing the raspberry pi's through SSH. Yes. How do I start a python program on boot? Do you guys by chance know how to code a python script that accepts manual input from an external device?
    – Rogash
    Jan 8, 2020 at 12:08

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How simultaneously do you need it to be? If "within a couple of seconds" is fine, then just call your scripts sequentially via SSH:

sshpass -p 'raspberry' ssh [email protected] python take_photo.py &
sshpass -p 'raspberry' ssh [email protected] python take_photo.py &

You may want to setup a passwordless login to make the commands simpler.

If you need to be even faster (hundreds of milliseconds), you can keep the SSH sessions open and send commands to such open sessions:

#log in via SSH (using sshpass or manually)
sshpass -p 'raspberry' ssh [email protected] &
sshpass -p 'raspberry' ssh [email protected] &

# take note which PTS files got created

#later on from a script
echo python take_photo.py > /dev/pts/1
echo python take_photo.py > /dev/pts/2

For an even faster response, ditch the network entirely and wire a trigger signal to the GPIO. Any "python script that accepts manual input from an external device" you'll write will likely be just as slow as SSH is.

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