Friday, 2 October 2015

Adding shutdown hook in python using atexit module


A shutdown hook is basically a code snippet that allows programmers to run some code at program termination. I had discussed shutdown hook in Java some time back. In this post we will see shutdown hooks in python.

Adding shutdown hook in python using atexit module

You can use the atexit module in python to register shutdown hooks.  See the following code

import atexit

print("Starting Test Python Module");

def testmethod():
    print("From test method")

print("Terminating Test Python Module");

Save it in a file called and simply run it using
  • python
And this outputs :

As you can notice it prints "From test method" at the end by executing registered method  testmethod.

Note : 
  1. Previously you could do the same by importing sys module and then using sys.exitfunc = testmethod but  sys.exitfunc is deprecated since python 2.4 and is removed since python 3.0.
  2. The atexit module defines a single function to register cleanup functions. Functions thus registered are automatically executed upon normal interpreter termination. 
  3. atexit runs these functions in the reverse order in which they were registered; if you register A, B, and C, at interpreter termination time they will be run in the order C, B, A.
  4. The functions registered via this module are not called when the program is killed by a signal not handled by Python, when a Python fatal internal error is detected, or when os._exit() is called.

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