Python VISA bindings for GPIB, RS232, and USB instruments
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!).
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
Python has a couple of features that make it very interesting for measurement controlling:
Optionally - PySerial (to interface with Serial instruments) - PyUSB (to interface with USB instruments) - linux-gpib (to interface with gpib instruments, only on linux)
$ pip install pyvisa-py
The documentation can be read online at https://pyvisa-py.readthedocs.org
pyvisa-py is written and maintained by Hernan E. Grecco <firstname.lastname@example.org>.
Other contributors, listed alphabetically, are:
(If you think that your name belongs here, please let the maintainer know)