In Python, you can execute shell commands using the
os.popen method...but it's been deprecated in favor of a whole new command.
# The old way, which worked great! import os shell_command = 'date' event = os.popen(shell_command) stdout = event.readlines() print stdout # The new way, which is more powerful, but also more cumbersome. from subprocess import Popen, PIPE, STDOUT shell_command = 'date' event = Popen(shell_command, shell=True, stdin=PIPE, stdout=PIPE, stderr=STDOUT, close_fds=True) output = event.stdout.read() print output # The new way, all in one line (a bit uglier), works in Python3! import subprocess output = subprocess.Popen('date', stdout=subprocess.PIPE).stdout.read() print output