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Python VISA bindings for GPIB, RS232, and USB instruments

Project description

PyVISA-py

A PyVISA backend that implements a large part of the “Virtual Instrument Software Architecture” (VISA) in pure Python (with the help of some nice cross platform libraries python packages!).

Description

PyVISA started as wrapper for the NI-VISA library and therefore you need to install National Instruments VISA library in your system. This works most of the time, for most people. But NI-VISA is a proprietary library that only works on certain systems. That is when PyVISA-py jumps in.

Starting from version 1.6, PyVISA allows to use different backends. These backends can be dynamically loaded. PyVISA-py is one of such backends. It implements most of the methods for Message Based communication (Serial/USB/GPIB/Ethernet) using Python and some well developed, easy to deploy and cross platform libraries

VISA and Python

Python has a couple of features that make it very interesting for measurement controlling:

  • Python is an easy-to-learn scripting language with short development cycles.
  • It represents a high abstraction level, which perfectly blends with the abstraction level of measurement programs.
  • It has a very rich set of native libraries, including numerical and plotting modules for data analysis and visualisation.
  • A large set of books (in many languages) and on-line publications is available.

Requirements

  • Python (tested with 2.7, 3.4+)
  • PyVISA 1.6+

Optionally - PySerial (to interface with Serial instruments) - PyUSB (to interface with USB instruments) - linux-gpib (to interface with gpib instruments, only on linux)

Installation

Using pip:

$ pip install pyvisa-py

Documentation

The documentation can be read online at https://pyvisa-py.readthedocs.org

pyvisa-py is written and maintained by Hernan E. Grecco <hernan.grecco@gmail.com>.

Other contributors, listed alphabetically, are:

(If you think that your name belongs here, please let the maintainer know)

PyVISA-py Changelog

0.3.1 (2018-09-12)

  • Fix initialization of timeout (issue identified in TCPIP resources) PR #160

0.3 (2018-09-05)

  • Fix handling of seesion registration under Python 3.7 PR #155
  • Add read_stb, assert_trigger, lock, unlock to highlevel PR #139
  • Fix timeout handling in usb PR #144
  • Add gpib_command and assert_trigger to GPIB PR # 136
  • Handle ValueError in usb list fix #131 PR #132
  • Fix reading on GPIB and implement clear and gpib_send_ifc PR #132
  • Do not error when listing USB devices PR #126
  • Fix an error in the handling of the termchar for TCPIP INSTR PR #126
  • Make list_resources return an empty tuple instead of erroring PR #121
  • Proper support for timeout in TCPIP INSTR sessions PR #120 #127 #130 #144
  • Proper encoding of data before transfer for all backends PR #119
  • Unify use of StatusCode PR #118
  • Improve handling of sessions attrs PR #116
  • TCPIP SOCKET timeout handling improvement PR #115
  • Fix compatibility with pyserial 3.0 PR #112
  • TCPIP SOCKET handler read should not block PR #107
  • TCPIP error handling fixes PR #100
  • Use repr() instead of str() to log RPC record PR #97
  • Speed up large transfer over GPIB 2beb52a5bcea2dae32d4a9908dc19f7874bfc0b7
  • Catch GPIB errors while enumerating devices 9fea9d5c40cc6c33ce1244c209e5e576a33abfc2
  • Add a serial poll function to GPIB backend PR #67
  • Handle timeout in USB TMC backend PR #64
  • Make USB TMC backend faster by transferring multiple bytes PR #63
  • Fix issue with encoding before data transfer PR #59 #
  • Get Linux GPIB version PR #55
  • Fix broken import in TCPIP sessions PR #51

0.2 (2015-08-25)

  • Added support for TCPIP Socket. (Issue #38, thanks Thorsten Liebig)
  • Added support for GPIB INSTR using linux-gpib. (Issue #24, thanks bessman)
  • Added support for USB RAW. (Issue #18, kopp)
  • Better error reporting when pyusb or pyserial is missing.
  • Fixed logging of unicode strings. (Issue #54)
  • Fixed timeout in SerialSession. (Issue #44)
  • Moved resource name parsing to PyVISA.
  • VXI11 protocol performance enhancement. (thanks alexforencich)
  • Improved pyusb importing.
  • Fixed large binary reads in TCPIP.
  • Added backend information to logger.
  • Use pyvisa compat/struct.py for python < 2.7.8 (thanks Martin Ritter)

0.1 (2015-02-08)

  • Initial release. Preliminary support for: - USB INSTR - TCPIP INSTR - ASRL INSTR

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