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I'm try running a Python script that uses the GPIO pins but I get an error telling me that it doesn't have access to dev/mem and I should try running as root.

I don't know how to run a Python script as root, how do I do this?

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From the terminal instead of doing python yourProgram.py, do sudo python yourProgram.py. It will ask for your password so type it and it should run.

Of course if it is python3 do sudo python3 yourProgram.py

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