This guide provides you with steps to setup and run Python scripts in cPanel.

Step 1- Login to cPanel

  • Please see our article on logging into cPanel here.

Step 2 - Click on File Manager under your Files section. 

INFO: Python scripts can be run inside ‘public_html‘ or in ‘cgi-bin‘ folder.The cgi-bin folder contains executable CGI scripts. If you are placing the file outside of the cgi-bin folder, ‘.htaccess‘ file should be created additionally to make the script work. For this example we will create the file inside ‘cgi-bin’ folder.

Step 3 - Create a test Python file in /public_html/cgi-bin

Step 4 - Edit the file to add test script

print "Content-type: text/html\n\n"
print "Python is working fine on your server."

Step 5 - Edit file permissions

  • Right click on the test file and select change Permissions
  • The permissions must be updated to 755 for the test script to work.
  • Click change permissions

Step 5 - Test the file via your browser

INFO:  If you would like to run the Python file not in the cgi-bin folder (in public_html or any other directory), it is necessary to add the following code to the .htaccess file in the same directory where the Python script is uploaded: 

Options +ExecCGI
AddHandler cgi-script .py

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