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Python 3 bindings for the Azure Kinect SDK

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Python 3 bindings for the Azure Kinect SDK


  • v1.1.0: Updated supported SDK and firmware versions to latest
  • v1.0.0: Initial release


Install the right Kinect SDK, Kinect Body Tracking SDK, and device firmware versions

Please uninstall all unrelated SDK versions if you are having issues. The supported versions are:

Add the following to your system PATH:

  • C:\Program Files\Azure Kinect SDK v1.4.1\sdk\windows-desktop\amd64\release\bin
  • C:\Program Files\Azure Kinect Body Tracking SDK\sdk\windows-desktop\amd64\release\bin
  • C:\Program Files\Azure Kinect Body Tracking SDK\tools

(Or relevant paths for your platform containing the the k4a(.so|.dll) and k4abt(.so|.dll) dynamic libraries)

Feature support

Currently only body tracking is wrapped, but adding further wrappings should be easy and PRs would be appreciated!


There is a very simple example you can run via:

py -3 example/


We are using it to develop an Azure Kinect plugin for Blender, which you can see a very early demo of here:

Azure Kinect for Blender

The plugin is available for early access and will be open-sourced soon, please email to gain early access.


Do NOT use Python from the Windows Store

If you get the error:

[2021-01-18 14:05:28.307] [error] [t=6336] [K4ABT] D:\a\1\s\src\TrackerHost\TrackerHost.cpp (157): Create(). Find onnxruntime.dll at C:\Program Files\Azure Kinect Body Tracking SDK\tools\onnxruntime.dll but it doesn't load correctly!

It is because the Windows Store installs Python to a restricted user directory which cannot access external DLLs.

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