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Install mod_python in cPanel box

This is a simple guide to install mod_python in cPanel box, running Apache 1.3.x. You need to have Python installed for this to work – most RHEL+cpanel boxes have this installed by default.

1) Download and extract Python:

cd /usr/local/src
tar zxvf mod_python-2.7.11.tgz

2) Configure & install Python

cd mod_python-2.7.11
./configure –with-apxs=/usr/local/apache/bin/apxs (check where your apxs is by typing: locate apxs)
make install

3) Configure Apache

pico -w /usr/local/apache/conf/httpd.conf
Locate your LoadModule – section by pressing CTRL-W and typing “LoadModule”. Add the following line under the others:
LoadModule python_module libexec/

Now locate your AddModule – section by pressing CTRL-W and typing “AddModule”. Add the following line under the others:
AddModule mod_python.c

4) Installation done, now time for testing!

First go to your public_html directory. Make a test directory for Python by typing:
mkdir python

Now open pico and write the following lines:

AddHandler python-program .py
PythonHandler testingpython
PythonDebug On

save the file as .htaccess.

Now open up pico again and copy/paste the following lines:

from mod_python import apache

def handler(req):
req.write(“Hello World!”)
return apache.OK

close and save as

Now restart Apache by typing: service httpd restart

Take your browser to and you should see “Hello World!” If you can see this message then you have succesfully installed Python.


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