ivica ivica - 7 months ago 54
Python Question

Windows service written in Python works only in debug mode

I've written a simple Windows service which should use websockets to report status of VirtualBox machines.

After installing and starting the service, my websocket server receives a connection request but the connection gets closed almost instantly.

server output when I start the service

running on port 8888
new connection
connection closed

Running the service with
pythonservice.exe -debug myservice
opens a websocket connection and sends the data I expect.

Server output when I start the service with debug flag

running on port 8888
new connection
message received VM NAME: win1, Memory: 111, CPUS: 1
message received VM NAME: win2, Memory: 266, CPUS: 1
message received VM NAME: win3, Memory: 256, CPUS: 1
message received VM NAME: lin1, Memory: 256, CPUS: 1
message received VM NAME: lin2, Memory: 200, CPUS: 1
message received VM NAME: lin3, Memory: 222, CPUS: 1
connection closed

Service source:

import win32serviceutil
import win32service
import win32event
import servicemanager
import socket
import time
import logging
import virtualbox
from websocket import create_connection

ws = create_connection("ws://")

class VMInventory(win32serviceutil.ServiceFramework):
_svc_name_ = "VMInventory"
_svc_display_name_ = "VMInventory service"

def __init__(self,args):
self.stop_event = win32event.CreateEvent(None,0,0,None)
self.stop_requested = False

def SvcStop(self):
self.stop_requested = True

def SvcDoRun(self):

def main(self):
# Simulate a main loop
vb = virtualbox.VirtualBox()
while True:
vms = vb.machines
if self.stop_requested:
for vm in vms:
ws.send("VM NAME: %s, Memory: %s, CPUS: %s" % (vm.name, str(vm.memory_size), str(vm.cpu_count)))

if __name__ == '__main__':


Service itself is working just fine, my installation method was wrong. The correct way to install it is

python aservice.py  --username <username> --password <PASSWORD> --startup auto install

where <username> is prefixed with .\ if using a local account, or with DOMAIN\ if using a domain account.

For example

python aservice.py  --username .\johndoe --password mYstr0ngp4$$ --startup auto install