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Function emulating Daemon(3) on Linux and Unix OS.

Project Description
unix_daemon is a python module emulating BSD daemon(3).
This module provides a function named daemon.
If this function is called, the process become a daemon and start to run


  • Python 2.6 or later, or Python 3.x
  • Unix or Linux platform.


  • Python 2.6.9
  • Python 2.7.8
  • Python 3.1.5
  • Python 3.2.5
  • Python 3.3.5
  • Python 3.4.1


  • Install using pip

    $ sudo pip install unix_daemon
  • Install from git.

    $ git clone
    $ cd unix_daemon
    $ sudo python install


unix_daemon.daemon(nochdir=False, noclose=False)

Make process daemon and start to run in the background.

If argument 1 ‘nochdir’ is False, the process changes the calling
process’s current working directory to the root directory (“/”);
otherwise, the current working directory is left unchanged.
The default value of the nochdir is False.
If argument 2 ‘noclose’ is False, this function close file descriptors 0,
1 and 2 and redirect them to /dev/null. Even if some of them have been
closed, this function open these file descriptors and redirect to
/dev/null if noclose is False.
The defult value of noclose is False.
Return Value
daemon returns the pid of new process.
This function calls os.fork() internally to detach tty safely.
Be careful to call this function when two or more than two python threads
are running.
Normary, file descriptors 0, 1 and 2 are correspond to stdin, stdout and
stderr. However, even if any of these file discriptors refer to something
else, they will still be closed when argument ‘noclose’ is False.
It is a good idea to call this function before creating any threads and
before opening any files or sockets.

Call unix_daemon.daemon(), then the process starts to run in the backgrond.

import unix_daemon
import os

print('pid: %s\n' % os.getpid())

pid = unix_daemon.daemon()
with open('/tmp/foo', 'a') as f:
    print('pid: %s\n' % os.getpid())
    f.write('new pid: %s\n' % pid)

You can see the process id changes and the 2nd print is not displayed.


Install requirements to developing copy pre-commit hook from repository.

$ git clone
$ cd unix_daemon
$ pip install -r dev_utils/requirements.txt
$ ln -s ../../dev_utils/pre-commit .git/hooks/pre-commit
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