#Python 2.x: import os os.popen(command) os.popen(command, mode) #Python 3.x: import subprocess subprocess.Popen(command, shell=True, stdout=subprocess.PIPE).stdout # reading subprocess.Popen(command, shell=True, stdin=subprocess.PIPE).stdin # writing
(PHP 4, PHP 5)
popen — Opens process file pointer
resource popen ( string $command , string $mode )
Opens a pipe to a process executed by forking the command given by command.
Returns a file pointer identical to that returned by fopen(), except that it is unidirectional (may only be used for reading or writing) and must be closed with pclose(). This pointer may be used with fgets(), fgetss(), and fwrite().
If an error occurs, returns FALSE.
Example #1 popen() example
If the command to be executed could not be found, a valid resource is returned. This may seem odd, but makes sense; it allows you to access any error message returned by the shell:
Example #2 popen() example