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DAQ control using National Instruments DAQmx framework

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To create a python API for working with National Instruments NIDAQmx.


  1. Download the wheel file
  2. On the command line, navigate to the repository
  3. Run python -m pip install <path-to-wheel-file>


You must first import the package:

from ni import NIDAQmxInstrument

You can then allocate the hardware without any further specifiers. Note that, if there is more than one DAQmx instrument available on your PC, the hardware allocated may not be the one you are expecting! Be sure to specify the device name, model number, or serial number to make the hardware acquisition process more deterministic.

daq = NIDAQmxInstrument()  # hardware with no specifiers

daq = NIDAQmxInstrument(device_name='Dev3')  # hardware specified by the device name

daq = NIDAQmxInstrument(model_number='USB-6001')  # hardware specified by model number

daq = NIDAQmxInstrument(serial_number=1234)  # hardware specified by serial number

Once you have the NIDAQmxInstrument instance, then you can use it to operate the instrument. See the "examples" directory for complete examples. Some snippets to demonstrate:

daq = NIDAQmxInstrument()  # automatic acquisition of hardware

daq.ao0 = 2.7V  # set the analog out 0 to 2.7V
daq.ao1 = 1.3V  # set the analog out 1 to 1.3V

print(f'daq.ai0.value: {daq.ai0.value:.3f}V')  # print a single sample 
                                               # from analog input 0

values = daq.ai1.capture(
    sample_count=10, rate=100,
    max_voltage=10.0, min_voltage=-10.0,
    mode='differential', timeout=3.0
)  # capture 10 samples from ai1 at a rate of 100Hz in differential mode

todo: need to add digital section

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