PyUSB 1.0 – Easy USB access from Python
The PyUSB module provides Python with easy access to the host
machine’s Universal Serial Bus (USB) system.
Until 0.4 version, PyUSB used to be a thin wrapper aroung libusb.
With 1.0 version, things changed considerably. Now PyUSB is an
API rich, backend neutral Python USB module easy to use.
As with most Python modules, PyUSB’s documentation is based on Python
doc strings and can therefore be manipulated by tools such as pydoc.
You can also find a tutorial at: http://pyusb.sourceforge.net/docs/1.0/tutorial.html.
PyUSB is being developed and tested in Linux and Windows, but it should work
fine in any platform running Python >= 2.3, ctypes and at least one of the
PyUSB supports libusb 0.1, libusb 1.0 and OpenUSB, but the user does not need
to worry about that, unless in some corner cases.
If you have any question about PyUSB, you can use the PyUSB mailing list
hosted in the SourceForge. In the PyUSB website (http://pyusb.sourceforge.net)
you can find instructions on how to subscribe to the mailing list.
Installing PyUSB on GNU/Linux Systems
These instructions are for Debian-based systems. Instructions for
other flavors of GNU/Linux should be similar.
You will first need to install the following packages:
1) python (PyUSB is useless without it), version >= 2.3
2) At least one of the supported libraries (libusb 1.0, libusb 0.1 or OpenUSB)
3) If your Python version is < 2.5, you have to install ctypes as a separate package,
because these versions of Python does not ship it.
For example, the command
sudo apt-get install python libusb
should install all these packages on most Debian-based systems with
access to the proper package repositories.
Once the above packages are installed, you can install PyUSB
with the command
python setup.py install
run as root from within the same directory as this README file.
Installing PyUSB on Windows
Now that PyUSB is 100% written in Python, you install it on Windows
in the same way you do on Linux, but libusb for Windows is done
through libusb-win32 package (libusb 1.0 backend is in progress).
To install it you do as usual:
python setup.py install
Reporting bugs/Submitting patches
Some people have been sending me patches and reporting bugs directly
in my email. Please, do it through SourceForge tracker, I had
a hardtime tracking their names to put them in the acknowledgments file.
PS: this README file was based on the great Josh Lifton’s one… ^_^
import usb.core import usb.util # find our device dev = usb.core.find(idVendor=0xfffe, idProduct=0x0001) # was it found? if dev is None: raise ValueError('Device not found') # set the active configuration. With no arguments, the first # configuration will be the active one dev.set_configuration() # get an endpoint instance ep = usb.util.find_descriptor( dev.get_interface_altsetting(), # first interface # match the first OUT endpoint custom_match = \ lambda e: \ usb.util.endpoint_direction(e.bEndpointAddress) == \ usb.util.ENDPOINT_OUT ) assert ep is not None # write the data ep.write('test')
- http://docs.python.org/library/ctypes.html (‘ctypes is a foreign function library for Python. It provides C compatible data types, and allows calling functions in DLLs or shared libraries. It can be used to wrap these libraries in pure Python’)
- http://pypi.python.org/pypi/jaraco.windows/1.8 (‘jaraco.windows aims to provide a pure-python interface to Windows APIs using ctypes. This package is not designed to be exhaustive, but rather to supply interfaces as they are needed by the contributors.’)