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Channel Access Foreign Function Interface

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caffi is the Channel Access Foreign Function Interface. It uses CFFI to call EPICS channel access library.

This package provides direct low level interface to channel access, alike the C API.


EPICS dynamic libraries have been shipped with the package for Windows, Linux and macOS. But if the environment variables EPICS_BASE and EPICS_HOST_ARCH are set on macOS and Linux, those libraries under path ${EPICS_BASE}/lib/${EPICS_HOST_ARCH} will be used.

Either use pip,

$ pip install caffi

or checkout source code from the git repository,

$ git clone
$ cd caffi
$ python install



The SPEC file python-caffi.spec is included. Get the source tarball either from PyPI or create it by python sdist, and run:

$ rpmbuild -ta caffi-1.0.0.tar.gz

The binary and source RPM will be created. The package name is python-caffi.


The recipe is included.:

$ conda build conda-recipe


Latest documents are hosted at Read the Dcos.


import as ca

status = ca.create_context()
assert status == ca.ECA.NORMAL

status, chid = ca.create_channel('catest')
assert status == ca.ECA.NORMAL

status = ca.pend_io(3)
assert status == ca.ECA.NORMAL

status = ca.put(chid, 123)
status = ca.flush_io()

status, value = ca.get(chid)
assert status == ca.ECA.NORMAL

status = ca.pend_io(3)
assert status == ca.ECA.NORMAL

assert value.get() == 123

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