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Instrumentation framework

Project Description


Lantz is an automation and instrumentation toolkit with a clean, well-designed and consistent interface. It provides a core of commonly used functionalities for building applications that communicate with scientific instruments allowing rapid application prototyping, development and testing. Lantz benefits from Python’s extensive library flexibility as a glue language to wrap existing drivers and DLLs.

Lantz aim to provide a library of curated and well documented instruments drivers. We have some already, let us know if you cannot find yours.

For more information, check out the documentation:

or in the GitHub Mirror:

The Lantz Authors


Hernan E. Grecco <>

Martin Masip <> Pablo Jais <> Martin Caldarola <> Federico Barabas <>

Lantz Changelog

0.3 (2015-02-05)

  • Introduced MessageBasedDriver, a class to rule them all.
  • Moved drivers
  • Moved old base classes (serial, usb, tcp, visa) to legacy package.
  • Moved instrument drivers based on legacy classes to legacy package.
  • Migrated instrument classes to MessageBasedDriver.
  • Improved logging to avoid duplication and useless info.
  • Frontend and Backend for application development.
  • Implemented Chart block.
  • Implemented Scan block.
  • Implemented FeatScan block.
  • Implemented Loop block.
  • Implemented Layout block.
  • Online documentation now shows the drivers classes.
  • Stub classes to enable documentation building without required packages.
  • Moved simulator from script to console-script.
  • Changed sphinx theme to read the docs.
  • Introduced start_gui helper function to start an app with a ui file and an instrument or instruments.
  • Introduced start_test_app helper function to start the test panel.
  • Introduced start_gui_app takes a backend and fronted and shows the app.
  • Moved get-lantz script to a gist.
  • Removed lantz-shell, equivalent functionality was contributed to PyVISA.
  • Support simultaneous values and units in Feat. (Issue #25)
  • Use Qt import scheme from IPython.
  • Helper functions for multiple initialization: initialize_many and finalize_many.
  • GUI support for initialize_many and finalize_many.
  • New instrument drivers.

0.2 (2013-01-01)

  • first public release.
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