OSError: [WinError 193]% 1 is not a valid Win32 application


I am trying to call a python file "hello.py" from within the python interpreter with subprocess. But I am unable to resolve this error. [Python 3.4.1].

import subprocess
subprocess.call(['hello.py', 'htmlfilename.htm'])
Traceback (most recent call last):
  File "<pyshell#42>", line 1, in <module>
    subprocess.call(['hello.py', 'htmlfilename.htm'])
  File "C:\Python34\lib\subprocess.py", line 537, in call
    with Popen(*popenargs, **kwargs) as p:
  File "C:\Python34\lib\subprocess.py", line 858, in __init__
    restore_signals, start_new_session)
  File "C:\Python34\lib\subprocess.py", line 1111, in _execute_child
OSError: [WinError 193] %1 is not a valid Win32 application

Also is there any alternate way to "call a python script with arguments" other than using subprocess? Thanks in advance.

The error is pretty clear. The file hello.py is not an executable file. You need to specify the executable:

subprocess.call(['python.exe', 'hello.py', 'htmlfilename.htm'])

You'll need python.exe to be visible on the search path, or you could pass the full path to the executable file that is running the calling script:

import sys
subprocess.call([sys.executable, 'hello.py', 'htmlfilename.htm'])