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Python driver for TrippLite UPS battery backups.

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Python USB interface and command-line tool for TrippLite UPS battery backups.


TrippLite offers UI software for monitoring its batteries. However, most of its batteries don't have network access, and the existing TrippLite software requires a local install.

I wanted to monitor the UPS from a remote headless Linux server, so I wrote this tool.


apt install gcc libusb-1.0-0-dev libudev-dev
pip install tripplite

Connect a USB cable from the UPS to your headless server, and you should be ready to run. If you don't want to run as root, see Note on Permissions below.

Command Line

$ tripplite
    "config": {
        "frequency": 60,  # Hz
        "power": 1500,  # VA
        "voltage": 120  # V
    "health": 100,  # %
    "input": {
        "frequency": 59.7,  # Hz
        "voltage": 117.2  # V
    "output": {
        "power": 324,  # W
        "voltage": 117.2  # V
    "status": {
        "ac present": true,
        "below remaining capacity": true,
        "charging": false,
        "discharging": false,
        "fully charged": true,
        "fully discharged": false,
        "needs replacement": false,
        "shutdown imminent": false
    "time to empty": 1004  # s

If you have multiple TrippLite devices connected to the server, you'll need to specify a product id (findable on lsusb). See tripplite --help for more.

To use in shell scripts, parse the json output with something like jq. For example, tripplite | jq '.status."ac present"' will return whether or not the unit detects AC power.


If you'd like to link this to more complex behavior (e.g. data logging, text alerts), consider using a Python script.

from tripplite import Battery
with Battery() as battery:

The state variable will contain an object with the same format as above. Use state['status']['ac present'] and state['status']['shutdown imminent'] for alerts, and consider logging voltage, frequency, and power.

Note on Permissions

To read the TrippLite, you need access to the USB port. You have options:

  • Run everything as root
  • Add your user to the dialout group to access all serial ports
  • Create a group restricted to accessing TrippLite USB devices through udev

For the last option, the rule looks like:

echo 'SUBSYSTEM=="usb", ATTRS{idVendor}=="09ae", GROUP="tripplite"' > /etc/udev/rules.d/tripplite.rules
udevadm control --reload-rules

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