Skip to main content

Simulated backend for PyVISA implementing TCPIP, GPIB, RS232, and USB resources

Project description

Continuous integration Documentation building Code Coverage Documentation Status PyPI - License PyPI

PyVISA-sim is a PyVISA backend that simulates a large part of the “Virtual Instrument Software Architecture” (VISA).


PyVISA started as a wrapper for the NI-VISA library and therefore you need to install the National Instruments VISA library in your system. This works most of the time, for most people. But sometimes you need to test PyVISA without the physical devices or even without NI-VISA.

Starting from version 1.6, PyVISA allows to use different backends. These backends can be dynamically loaded. PyVISA-sim is one of such backends. It implements most of the methods for Message Based communication (Serial/USB/GPIB/Ethernet) in a simulated environment. The behaviour of simulated devices can be controlled by a simple plain text configuration file.

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.


  • Python (tested with 3.8 to 3.11)

  • PyVISA 1.11+


Using pip:

$ pip install -U pyvisa-sim

or install the development version:

$ pip install git+

PyVISA is automatically installed if needed.


The documentation can be read online at

Project details

Download files

Download the file for your platform. If you're not sure which to choose, learn more about installing packages.

Source Distribution

PyVISA-sim-0.6.0.tar.gz (51.7 kB view hashes)

Uploaded source

Built Distribution

PyVISA_sim-0.6.0-py3-none-any.whl (34.6 kB view hashes)

Uploaded py3

Supported by

AWS AWS Cloud computing and Security Sponsor Datadog Datadog Monitoring Fastly Fastly CDN Google Google Download Analytics Microsoft Microsoft PSF Sponsor Pingdom Pingdom Monitoring Sentry Sentry Error logging StatusPage StatusPage Status page