The following function allows me to remotely execute Wolfram code on another machine that has wolframscript installed:

Attributes[remoteExecute] = {HoldAllComplete};
remoteExecute[(* remote_, *) expr_] := 
 Module[{compressed, ubuntuBox = RemoteConnect["", "username", "password"]}, 
  compressed = ExportString[ToString[Hold[expr], InputForm], "Base64"];
    "wolframscript -format InputForm -code 'ReleaseHold[ImportString[\
\"" <> compressed <> "\",\"Base64\"]]'", "StandardOutput"]]]

For example:

(* Return True: *)
FileExistsQ["~/only_on_my_remote_machine"] // remoteExecute

Problem: This function doesn't work on every function, however, and it is mysterious why:

How to fix?

  • $\begingroup$ What's returned by the function? If it's a String that means the encoding didn't quite go right. By the way this would be easier to write as Compress[Unevaluated[expr] and then you would execute by calling Uncompress[compressed]. I think you might be happier with that. $\endgroup$
    – b3m2a1
    Commented Aug 23, 2019 at 15:49
  • $\begingroup$ b3m2a1: Is your proposed function then this one? $\endgroup$
    – George
    Commented Aug 23, 2019 at 17:41
  • $\begingroup$ No. Don't use ExportString and don't use ImportString or ReleaseHold. Just do something like RemoteRunProcess[ubuntuBox, TemplateApply["wolframscript -format InputForm -code 'Uncompress[\"`\`\"]'", Compress[Unevaluated[expr]]] $\endgroup$
    – b3m2a1
    Commented Aug 23, 2019 at 17:43
  • $\begingroup$ I'm getting compression error output like Uncompress::corrupt: Compressed data "ïÂÂ" is corrupt and does \ not represent an expression.` $\endgroup$
    – George
    Commented Aug 23, 2019 at 17:49
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    $\begingroup$ b3m2a1: Removing the backslashes worked! Thanks for your help. I think you accidentally included backslashes in your formatted markdown above^. $\endgroup$
    – George
    Commented Aug 23, 2019 at 18:09

1 Answer 1


The following

Attributes[remoteExecute] = {HoldAllComplete};
remoteExecute[expr_] := 
   ubuntuBox = RemoteConnect[ip, "username", "password"]}, 
  compressed = Compress[Unevaluated[expr]]; 
     "wolframscript -format InputForm -code 'Uncompress[\"``\"]'", 
     compressed], "StandardOutput"]]]

is able to execute functions remotely, so long as your function isn't locally defined.


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