Auto running a script

Create the script

Create a folder to store the script in

mkdir ./bin
cd ./bin

Create the script using the nano text editor

sudo nano script_auto_run

In the nano editor, type this script:

# Script to start our application
echo "Doing autorun script..."
sudo /home/pi/projects/my_project.a &

Replace "sudo /home/pi/projects/my_project.a &" with the commands you want carried out.  The "&" means do the command in the background.

Note that when executing a command without logging is as a user you can't depend on any path or environment variables so you must provide full paths to everything.

Save it by pressing Ctrl+X, " Y", ENTER

This script needs to be made executable by typing this :

sudo chmod 755 script_auto_run


You can test the script works by typing



Setting it to be run

To launch the script at start-up edit the “rc.local” file needs to be edited.

sudo nano /etc/rc.local


Add the following line:


Save it by pressing Ctrl+X, " Y", ENTER

Re-boot your RPi and it will run.

Solving Issues

rc.local runs as root user which might cause problems for some actions you perform in scripts. You may also want a slight delay before a script is executed.  There's solutions to both of these issues here.




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  1. Ray Rodriguez

    8 years ago

    tip if you don’t already know know…
    export PATH=$PATH:/home/pi/bin

    this will add the created bin directory to the existing path for compilation

  2. Don Rich

    8 years ago

    Running 2016-5-10 Raspian on Raspberry Pi 3 and find that /etc/rc.local does not run on bootup.
    here is a copy of my rc.local file. Neither the IP address print routing nor my play_tcp are run on bootup.
    “#!/bin/sh -e
    # rc.local
    # This script is executed at the end of each multiuser runlevel.
    # Make sure that the script will “exit 0” on success or any other
    # value on error.
    # In order to enable or disable this script just change the execution
    # bits.
    # By default this script does nothing.

    # Print the IP address

    sudo /usr/local/bin/play_tcp -a &

    _IP=$(hostname -I) || true
    if [ “$_IP” ]; then
    printf “My IP address is %sn” “$_IP”

    exit 0

    Anyone know why it doesn’t execute? If I type /etc/rc.local it runs both parts, but it won’t run automatically on reboot.

  3. Vennila

    8 years ago

    I am currently in directory /home/pi/IoT

    while executing I am getting error named import error: no module named imbiotf.application.
    ibmiotf.application is in my program. Can any one help me?

  4. Kestutis Igaris

    8 years ago

    Works, but how do I stop the executable? In my case its video running in a loop and taking up the whole screen. How to stop it?

  5. abarna

    9 years ago

    I have written a program for color coding using python… now its working properly at start up. but i need to add patter matching code with existing code.. how can i edit and add my new codes? is it tough editing the start up running code?

  6. Kaja

    9 years ago

    Has anyone solved that problem?

  7. olivier

    10 years ago

    do we have to call this script script_auto_run or we can give it any name (let say “mike” for example) ?

    1. Deidas

      9 years ago

      You can give any name

  8. kkyang

    10 years ago

    Have you solved your problem? I still cannot work, even type /etc/rc.local, it says the command cannot found, mine has input parameters, such as”
    sudo /home/pi/project/program inputPara

  9. CheeWei

    3 years ago

    Why it don’t autorun when start-up?
    When I type ‘ /etc/rc.local’ at LXTerminal, it works.
    But it don’t auto start when I reboot it.
    Any solutions?

  10. m16103

    3 years ago

    This works. After testing several I found this working script

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