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The following code snippet shows you have to create a windows service from a python script. The most important thing here is the username and password, if you ignore supplying these the server will never start and you will get a message saying that the service has not responded in time, this is a red herring. The default account that the pythonservice wrapper uses is not permissioned to run the service.

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'''

 Author: Alex Baker
 Date: 7th July 2008
 Description : Simple python program to generate wrap as a service based on example on the web, see link below.
 
 http://essiene.blogspot.com/2005/04/python-windows-services.html

 Usage : python aservice.py install
 Usage : python aservice.py start
 Usage : python aservice.py stop
 Usage : python aservice.py remove
 
 C:\>python aservice.py  --username <username> --password <PASSWORD> --startup auto install

'''


import win32service
import win32serviceutil
import win32api
import win32con
import win32event
import win32evtlogutil
import os

class aservice(win32serviceutil.ServiceFramework):
   
   _svc_name_ = "aservice"
   _svc_display_name_ = "a service - it does nothing"
   _svc_description_ = "Tests Python service framework by receiving and echoing messages over a named pipe"
         
   def __init__(self, args):
           win32serviceutil.ServiceFramework.__init__(self, args)
           self.hWaitStop = win32event.CreateEvent(None, 0, 0, None)           

   def SvcStop(self):
           self.ReportServiceStatus(win32service.SERVICE_STOP_PENDING)
           win32event.SetEvent(self.hWaitStop)                    
         
   def SvcDoRun(self):
      import servicemanager      
      servicemanager.LogMsg(servicemanager.EVENTLOG_INFORMATION_TYPE,servicemanager.PYS_SERVICE_STARTED,(self._svc_name_, '')) 
      
      self.timeout = 3000

      while 1:
         # Wait for service stop signal, if I timeout, loop again
         rc = win32event.WaitForSingleObject(self.hWaitStop, self.timeout)
         # Check to see if self.hWaitStop happened
         if rc == win32event.WAIT_OBJECT_0:
            # Stop signal encountered
            servicemanager.LogInfoMsg("aservice - STOPPED")
            break
         else:
            servicemanager.LogInfoMsg("aservice - is alive and well")   
               
      
def ctrlHandler(ctrlType):
   return True
                  
if __name__ == '__main__':   
   win32api.SetConsoleCtrlHandler(ctrlHandler, True)   
   win32serviceutil.HandleCommandLine(aservice)

2 comments

Christopher Paolini 9 years, 5 months ago  # | flag

Anyone had any luck with Windows 8? The way the password/domain stuff works is a bit confusing. I can't seem to find a way to format my credentials.

Christopher Paolini 9 years, 5 months ago  # | flag

Looks like for Windows 8 the fact it defaults to read-only on the folders causes some serious issues.