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API for the USB-DUX DAQ boxes for Linux (

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USB-DUX are open source & hardware data acquisition boxes designed for Linux

pyusbdux supports the USB-DUX-sigma: 16 analogue inputs (isolated, 24 bit, 1 kHz), 4 analogue out (isolated, 8 bit) and 8 digital I/O

Installation instructions

Make sure that you have all comedi libraries, swig and python3 installed (both runtime and development). Use your favourite package manager to install the packages.

Then install pyusbdux by typing:

pip3 install pyusbdux [--user] [--upgrade]


./setup install [–user]

Quick start guide

Here are the basic steps how to use the API:

# load the module
import pyusbdux as dux

# create a callback interface
class DataCallback(dux.Callback):
    def hasSample(self,sample): # sample arrived
        print("s:",sample) # process sample

cb = DataCallback()

# opens the 1st USBDUX device (autodetect)

# Start asynchronous data acquisition in the background: one channel, fs=250Hz

# do nothing or run a gui
input() # do nothing here

# shutdown

API documentation

These are the commands which allow you to access the analogue inputs asynchronously and the analogue outputs, digital input and outputs synchronously:

# opens the comedi device with comediDeviceNumber
open()                      # opens 1st USB-DUX device (autodetect)

# Callback interface
class DataCallback(dux.Callback):
    def hasSample(self,sample): # sample arrived
        # implement your callback handler here

# Starts acquisition of n_channels at the sampling rate of fs.
# Expects an instance of Callback with overloaded hasSample(self,sample).
start(Callback,n_channels, fs)
start(Callback,n_channels)           # at fs=250

# gets the actual sampling rate of the running acquisition

# stops the background acquisition

# writes to a digital pin the value 0 or 1
digital_out(channel, value)

# reads from a digital pin

# writes to an analogue output pin (raw ADC values)
analoge_out(channel, value)

# gets the max raw value of the analogue output

# closes the comedi device

# returns the name of the board connected

Any error in comedi throws an exception in python.

Example / demo programs

In the folder are example scripts which show you how to sample data from the analogue and digital ports.



Start your program from the terminal and never within Spyder. Here is an example:

~/pyusbdux$ cd examples
~/pyusbdux/examples$ python3 ./

The problem with Spyder is that it won’t let your Python program terminate properly so that you can examine variables etc. However, this means that the USB-DUX board keeps running even if it seems that execution has finished. If you then re-run your program it won’t be able to talk to your USB-DUX.

Bottomline: Use Spyder only for editing, instead run your program from the terminal. Never start your program from within Spyder.

After an update still the old version is being used

If you use the –user option to install / update packages Python might keep older versions.

Solution: Do a pip uninstall pyusbdux multiple times until no version is left on your computer. Then install it again as described above.

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