I need to include below python script inside a bash script.

If the bash script end success, I need to execute the below script:

from smtplib import SMTP
import datetime
debuglevel = 0

smtp = SMTP()
smtp.connect('', 25)
smtp.login('my_mail', 'mail_passwd')

from_addr = "My Name <my_mail@>"
to_addr = "<my_mail@"
subj = "Process completed"
date = datetime.datetime.now().strftime( "%d/%m/%Y %H:%M" )
#print (date)
message_text = "Hai..\n\nThe process completed."

msg = "From: %s\nTo: %s\nSubject: %s\nDate: %s\n\n%s" % ( from_addr, to_addr, subj, date, message_text )

smtp.sendmail(from_addr, to_addr, msg)
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    script.sh && python script.py ? – Costas Feb 13 '15 at 18:04
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    Why "include" it? Why not just run it? – terdon Feb 13 '15 at 18:10
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    To call bash-script from python import os os.system ("./script.sh") – Costas Feb 13 '15 at 18:17

You can use heredoc if you want to keep the source of both bash and python scripts together. For example, say the following are the contents of a file called pyinbash.sh:


echo "Executing a bash statement"
export bashvar=100

cat << EOF > pyscript.py
import subprocess

print 'Hello python'


chmod 755 pyscript.py


Now running the pyinbash.sh will yield:

$ chmod 755 pyinbash.sh
$ ./pyinbash.sh
  • Per OP's comment to another answer, I updated my answer which takes care of bash variables in the python script. – mkc Feb 13 '15 at 18:32
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    I can't get the variable's value from bash-script into python script. – Amal P Ramesh Mar 9 '15 at 10:29
  • I replace subprocess.call(["echo","\$bashvar"]) into subprocess.call(["echo","bashvar"]) now it's working. – Amal P Ramesh Mar 9 '15 at 10:35
  • That was pretty neat! – SexyBeast Jan 13 '16 at 8:19

Just pass a HereDoc to python -.

From python help python -h:

- : program read from stdin


MYSTRING="Do something in bash"

python - << EOF
myPyString = "Do something on python"
print myPyString


echo "Back to bash"
  • I don't see why this was downvoted. It's a simple and workable solution for some cases. It does have the (major) limitation that you can't use standard input in the python script, though (since it's receiving stdin from the heredoc). – pyrocrasty Feb 11 '17 at 9:01
  • I hate downvotes without comment. It works for me. Upvoted it ;-) – kev Mar 27 '18 at 3:47
  • Upvoted this answer because (unlike the accepted answer) it doesn't write the script to the file system. – Huw Walters Mar 28 '20 at 9:16

The simplest approach is to just save the python script as, for example script.py and then either call it from the bash script, or call it after the bash script:

#!/usr/bin/env bash
echo "This is the bash script" &&


script.sh && script.py
  • On the bash-script execution time some variables are get defined, I need this on the python script for the message body. – Amal P Ramesh Feb 13 '15 at 18:23

How about this for an example:

if [ -x $PYTHON_BIN ]; then
$PYTHON_BIN -c "print 'Hello, world'"
echo 'Hello, world'


$ ./foobar.py
env: python: No such file or directory

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