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Python binding for the libusb C library (ctypes/cffi-based libusb).

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Python binding for the libusb C library.


Python libusb module is a low-level binding for libusb C library.
It is an effort to allow python programs full access to the API implemented and provided by the well known *libusb* library.

libusb is a lightweight Python package, based on the ctypes library.
It is fully compliant implementation of the original C libusb 1.0 API by implementing whole its functionality in a clean Python instead of C.

libusb API 1.0 documentation can be found at:
libusb-1.0 API Reference

About original libusb:

Borrowed from the original website:

libusb - A cross-platform user library to access USB devices


libusb is a C library that provides generic access to USB devices. It is intended to be used by developers to facilitate the production of applications that communicate with USB hardware.

It is portable: Using a single cross-platform API, it provides access to USB devices on Linux, OS X, Windows, Android, OpenBSD, etc.

It is user-mode: No special privilege or elevation is required for the application to communicate with a device.

It is version-agnostic: All versions of the USB protocol, from 1.0 to 3.1 (latest), are supported.

What platforms are supported?

Linux, OS X, Windows, Windows CE, Android, OpenBSD/NetBSD, Haiku.

For additional information, please consult the FAQ or the Wiki.


  • It is a fully independent package.
    All necessary things are installed during the normal installation process.
  • ATTENTION: currently works and tested only for Windows.



To install run:

python -m pip install --upgrade libusb


Visit development page.

Installation from sources:

clone the sources:

git clone libusb

and run:

python -m pip install ./libusb

or on development mode:

python -m pip install --editable ./libusb


  • Development is strictly based on tox. To install it run:

    python -m pip install --upgrade tox


Copyright (c) 2016-2019 Adam Karpierz

Licensed under the zlib/libpng License
Please refer to the accompanying LICENSE file.



1.0.22b8 (2019-11-24)

  • Upgrade for Linux: libusb x64 v.1.0.21 -> v.1.0.22
  • Fix for error when the shared library is configured.
  • Cleanup.

1.0.22b6 (2019-11-23)

  • Initial support for Linux (libusb v.1.0.21 x64).

1.0.22b5 (2019-11-14)

  • Drop support for Python 2.
  • Drop support for Python 3.4.
  • Add support for Python 3.8.
  • Setup update and cleanup.

1.0.22b4 (2019-02-15)

  • Setup improvement.
  • Update required setuptools version.
  • Some updates of examples.

1.0.22b2 (2018-11-08)

  • Setup improvement.
  • Update required setuptools version.

1.0.22b1 (2018-03-30)

  • Upgrade to the libusb v.1.0.22
  • Setup improvement.

1.0.21b4 (2018-02-26)

  • Improve and simplify setup and packaging.

1.0.21b3 (2018-02-25)

  • Setup improvement.

1.0.21b2 (2017-12-18)

  • Fix the error of platform detecting.

1.0.21b1 (2017-10-11)

  • First beta release.

1.0.21a3 (2017-08-20)

  • Next alpha release.

1.0.21a0 (2016-09-24)

  • First alpha release.

0.0.1 (2016-09-23)

  • Initial release.

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