I have created .py file that is doing job of communicating on UART quite well. Now I want to run that file on button clicking from browser. I have tried exec("python filename.py"); in PHP but that didn't worked. I have also tried system().

  • Can you give more details ? Is this python script like a daemon or it simply exits after doing some tasks? Which web server are you running on PI ?
    – RikiRiocma
    May 10, 2017 at 19:16
  • Perhaps this is something that you could do using Remi? Certainly if you're just wanting a single-use website with a button that is used to run your script that's one of the easiest ways (it's all done with Python too).
    – Tom
    Oct 25, 2017 at 2:15

3 Answers 3


Here an example how to did it with cherrypy3 on a raspbian jessie.

  • Install cherrypy3 with sudo apt install python-cherrypy3.
  • Create a file button.py with the following content:

    # coding: utf-8
    import cherrypy
    import subprocess
    text = """
    <form method='get' action='do_it'>
    <input type='submit' value='Submit' />
    class PiButton(object):
        def index(self):
            return text.format("")
        def do_it(self, *vargs, **kwargs):
            #command = "ls /"
            command = "python my_other_python.script.py"
            result = subprocess.Popen(command, shell=True, stdout=subprocess.PIPE).stdout.read().decode('utf-8').replace('\n', '<br>')
            result2 = "command: {!r}<br>result:<br>{}".format(command, result)
            return text.format(result2)
        if __name__ == "__main__":
            cherrypy.config.update({'server.socket_host': "", 'server.socket_port': 8181})
            cherrypy.quickstart(PiButton(), '/', {'':{}})
  • Run it with python button.py
  • Now open a browser and enter the adress: http://<ip-of-raspberrypi>:8181 replace <ip-of-raspberrypi> with the actual IP of your raspberrypi.

I'd suggest making the button redirect the URL to making it have a location.href?CommandVariable=

Then, using PHP

if (isset($_GET['CommandVariable']))
    exec( "python filename.py" );

This is basically saying: When I push the button, I will place a command variable in the URL. And the PHP will say: Is the Command Variable there? It is? Ok now I can execute this line of code.


You'll want to write an sh script that looks like

python path/to/the/pyton/filename.py

And run that.


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