Share Code: Laptop Lid State

Devyn Collier Johnson devyncjohnson at
Tue Jul 30 16:06:25 CEST 2013

Aloha everyone!

    I attached a script that I thought I could share with everyone for 
your help. This Python3 script only works on Unix systems. It prints the 
current state of the lid. This can be used to make a script that 
performs some action when the lid is closed or open. The script is 
licensed under LGPLv3 and I will soon upload it to my Launchpad account. 


DevynCJohnson at
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#!/usr/bin/env python3
#Made by Devyn Collier Johnson, NCLA, Linux+, LPIC-1, DCTS <DevynCJohnson at>

#	LGPLv3 - 2013. (Devyn Collier Johnson, NCLA, Linux+, LPIC-1, DCTS)©
#This program is free software: you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the terms of the GNU General Public License as
#published by the Free Software Foundation, either version 3 of the License, or (at your option) any later version.
#	This program is distributed in the hope that it will be useful, but WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY; without even the implied warranty of
#	MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE. See the	GNU General Public License for more details.
#You should have received a copy of the GNU General Public License along with this program. If not, see <>.

import subprocess; print(subprocess.getoutput('cat /proc/acpi/button/lid/LID/state | awk \'{ print $2 }\''))

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