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Communicate over CAN or LIN via NI-XNET hardware with Python.


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>>> import nixnet
>>> with nixnet.FrameInStreamSession('CAN1') as input_session:
>>>     input_session.intf.can_term = constants.CanTerm.ON
>>>     input_session.intf.baud_rate = 125000

>>>     frames =
>>>     for frame in frames:
>>>         print('Received frame:')
>>>         print(frame)

Quick Start

Running nixnet requires NI-XNET or NI-XNET Runtime. Visit the to download the latest version of NI-XNET.

nixnet can be installed with pip:

$ python -m pip install nixnet~=0.3.2

Now you should be able to move onto the Examples.


Product Support

The nixnet package and NI-XNET are supported by NI. For support, open a request through the NI support portal at

Bugs / Feature Requests

We welcome all kinds of contributions. If you have a bug to report or a feature request for nixnet, feel free to open an issue on Github or contribute the change yourself.


nixnet package is created and maintained by National Instruments.

  • The following support is included:
    • CAN and LIN protocol

    • Frames, Signals, and frame/signal conversion

    • Database APIs

    • For a complete list of supported features and functions, see the documentation.

  • See the enhancement issues for potential future work.

  • Breaking API changes will be kept to a minimum. If a breaking change is made, it will be planned through breaking-change isssues and communicated via semver and the release notes.

  • Known issues.

nixnet currently supports

  • Windows operating system.

  • CPython 2.7.0+, 3.4+, PyPy2, and PyPy3.

  • NI-XNET 15.5+


nixnet is licensed under an MIT-style license (see LICENSE). Other incorporated projects may be licensed under different licenses. All licenses allow for non-commercial and commercial use.

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