I have been struggling with this all day. My set up is a RPi 3 B, running Raspbian.

I need to simply fulfil the following:

  1. Once booted automatically open Terminal
  2. cd to/my/directory
  3. run_my_script.py
  4. After 10 minutes, close terminal (or reboot) and repeat

I have limited knowledge of shell and desktop scripts.

  • You want to reboot RPi every 10 minutes after running the script? why? You probably don't need to launch terminal to run a python script.
    – hcheung
    Jan 10, 2018 at 10:41

1 Answer 1


wrote a bash script with folling content:


python3 /path_to_your_script/python_script.py

sudo shutdown -r +10
# or with sleep
sudo reboot now

r: reboot

+10: 10 minutes

go to:

sudo nano /etc/rc.local

and fill in the path to bash script, before the exit 0 statement:

bash /path_to_bash/bash_script.sh &

of course you could do it with python so you would not need a separate bash script


  • Thanks for the advice, I will attempt to implement this now. One query I have is that the script seems to not have a command to open the terminal window, is this not possible in a bash script?
    – Infernez
    Jan 10, 2018 at 8:09
  • to open a terminal, use command "lxterminal -e "command_to_execute" manpages.ubuntu.com/manpages/precise/en/man1/lxterminal.1.html
    – bierschi
    Jan 10, 2018 at 9:57
  • Here is my script. #!/bin/bash lxterminal -e "cd /home/pi/iot-hub-python-raspberrypi-client-app/ && python wbuoy4.py" sudo shutdown -r +10
    – Infernez
    Jan 10, 2018 at 11:09

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