I want to run a simple python script like:

import webbrowser
webbrowser.open('http://google.com/', new=2)

when the startup progress of my RPI 4 is finished. I tried something like "[How to run a script after bootup on RPi 4/Raspbian 10 (buster)"

I don't know why but it won't work for me if I change the ExecStart line into

ExecStart=python /home/pi/Desktop/startupBrowser.py 

Did I miss anything?

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    Try using the absolute path, /usr/bin/python.
    – goldilocks
    Mar 18, 2020 at 16:05
  • Is the goal to open a browser automatically on boot? Or is that just an example?
    – Craig
    Mar 18, 2020 at 20:02
  • No I want to open the webbrowser on boot and bring it in smth like a kiosk-mode by simulating a keyboard press of the F11 key
    – Soam.P
    Mar 18, 2020 at 22:30

2 Answers 2


As you wrote in a comment you only want to start the web browser. Wrap it into a python script isn't needed. That's only an additional layer of execution and waste of resources. Just start the browser direct. Because we need a graphical environment try this service:

rpi ~$ sudo systemctl --force --full edit run-browser.service

In the empty editor insert these statements, save them and quit the editor:

Description=Run web browser

ExecStart=/usr/bin/chromium-browser http://google.com


Enable the new service and reboot:

rpi ~$ sudo systemctl enable run-browser.service
rpi ~$ sudo systemctl reboot

If you want to run a python script then first you should use python3 instead of python. The latter uses deprecated python2 and has no support since 2020-01-01 anymore. Then make sure that the script is running on the commandline with user pi. If it works then you can change ExecStart to something like:

ExecStart=/usr/bin/python3 /home/pi/my-script.py
  • Thank you this is working for me! But I want to open it with a python script because I want to simulate a keyboard press also in the same python script with the keyboard module. I think smth is wrong with my ExecStart command. Cause when I edit this line in your file it is not working again
    – Soam.P
    Mar 19, 2020 at 19:05
  • @Soam.P I have updated the answer with the last paragraph. It would be nice if you could accept the answer with a click on the tick on its left side. It would help me much for later references to a working browser start :-)
    – Ingo
    Mar 19, 2020 at 21:28
  • Okay now when I test the file by entering "sudo sevice run-browser start" it works. But when I rstart the Pi the Browser is not starting automatically. DId you try to rebuild my issue?
    – Soam.P
    Mar 21, 2020 at 14:26
  • and yes I enabled it an got the outpu: Created symlink /etc/systemd/system/graphical.target.wants/run-rowser.service → /etc/systemd/system/un-browser.service.
    – Soam.P
    Mar 21, 2020 at 15:07
  • @Soam.P I would like to have a look at it but before please accept my answer :-)
    – Ingo
    Mar 21, 2020 at 17:17

You are not allowed to use commands in systemd services.:

The command to execute must be an absolute path name. Source: systemd.service

You should add the exact path of the command. You can find that by this command:

which python

You would get the output as it:


Finally, use the output of which command to your systemd service.

It should be something like this:

ExecStart=/usr/bin/python /home/pi/Desktop/startupBrowser.py

How to simply create a systemd service?

Create a file:

nano /etc/systemd/system/startupbrowser.service  

Put all lines below there:

Description=startupbrowser service

ExecStart=/usr/bin/python /home/pi/Desktop/startupBrowser.py



Save the file and reload the daemon:

sudo systemctl daemon-reload

Test that is your code is running:

sudo service startupbrowser start

Check the log by:

journalctl -f -u startupbrowser.service

It will give you the real-time log of your python code to troubleshoot what's going on.

If everything was good as you intended, run this command to enable is as a startup service:

sudo systemctl enable startupbrowser.service
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    Thanks for your answer but still doesn't work for me. I've saved the file and enabled it with "sudo systemctl enable filename.service" but it still doesn't start after booting. Do I have to execute additional commands?
    – Soam.P
    Mar 18, 2020 at 18:00
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    @Soam.P You should run sudo systemctl daemon-reload to reload daemon because you have changed a service state. After that, you would be able to enable it as a startup service. Note that you have to create your service file with .service at the end to the /etc/systemd/system. Something like /etc/systemd/system/startupBrowser.service. -- In addition, please avoid informing that it doesn't work, give us the reason, I mean, comment the output of the commands you have run.
    – M. Rostami
    Mar 18, 2020 at 18:28
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    Maybe I am doing smth completely wrong here is what I do: sudo systemctl --force --full edit startupBrowser.service | typing in your completed service file example, save it via Crtl+x | sudo systemctl daemon-reload | sudo systemctl enable startupBrowser.service | output: Created symlink /etc/systemd/system/multi-user.target.wants/startupBrowser.service → /etc/systemd/system/startupBrowser.service. | sudo reboot ---- seems like I still miss smth :/
    – Soam.P
    Mar 18, 2020 at 22:45
  • @Soam.P I answered your comment by editing the post. Check it out.
    – M. Rostami
    Mar 19, 2020 at 14:18
  • okay because "Ingo's" example is working I think smth has to be wrong with the ExecStart line. Also my output at the log seems to be fine : -- Logs begin at Wed 2020-03-18 23:43:27 CET. --Mär 19 19:47:35 raspberrypi systemd[1]: Started startupbrowser service.Mär 19 19:47:35 raspberrypi systemd[1]: startupbrowser.service: Succeeded.
    – Soam.P
    Mar 19, 2020 at 19:07

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