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KISS Python Module.

Project description

A pure-Python implementation of the KISS Protocol for communicating with serial TNC devices for use with Amateur Radio.


Install from pypi using pip: pip install kiss

Usage Example

Read & print frames from a TNC connected to ‘/dev/ttyUSB0’ at 1200 baud:

import kiss

k = kiss.KISS('/dev/ttyUSB0', 1200)
k.start()  # inits the TNC, optionally passes KISS config flags.

See also: examples/ directory.


Run nosetests from a Makefile target:

make test


Inspiration for this project came from:

  • HA5DI’s dixprs: A Python APRS project with KISS, digipeater, et al., support.
  • GE0RG’s APRSDroid: A Java/Scala Android APRS App.
  • KA2DDO’s YAAC: A Java APRS app.
  •’s Ham-APRS-FAP: A Perl APRS parser.


Greg Albrecht W2GMD


Apache License, Version 2.0. See LICENSE for details.

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