How to Configure Raspberry Pi to Run Programs On Startup

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In this post, I’ll show you how to configure your Raspberry Pi so that your programs can run as soon as you plug in your Raspberry Pi to a power source.

Requirements

Here are the requirements:


  • Run a program as soon as the Raspberry Pi is turned on.

Directions

Power up your Raspberry Pi, and open up a terminal window.

Type:

sudo nano /etc/rc.local

Scroll down the file to the area right after fi but before exit 0. Type:

python3 /home/pi/robot/ball_following_yellow.py &

The format is

python3 /your/file/path/here/filename.py &

Press CTRL-X, and save the file.

Restart your Raspberry Pi.

sudo reboot

Your program, ball_following_yellow.py, should run on startup.