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This article shows you how to create a Python script and execute it from a Unix-like shell without having to type python in front of it.

Executing a python script as a standalone app without typing python in front of it

Create a Python script and save as ‘hello.py’.

print("Hello World!")

This article is tested on macOS that has Python 2 and Python 3 installed. This article uses Python 3 to run the script with the following command:

python3 hello.py


Hello World!

Make the script executable as a standalone app

Step 1: Add Shebang

Add a shebang to the script. A shebang consists of the two characters #!, followed by an interpreter directive

#!/usr/bin/env python3

print("Hello World!")

Step 2: Add execution permission

Run the following chmod command. It will grant the owner of the file execution permissions:

chmod u+x hello.py

You can now run the script without prefixing it with python3. To execute the script, use the following command:



Hello World!

You have learned how to make your scripts standalone and grant them execution permissions. Change your scripts so you can open them from a shell without having to use the python command in front of it.

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