This is a python implementation of the MAVLink protocol.
Please see http://ardupilot.org/dev/docs/mavlink-commands.html for documentation.
For realtime discussion please see the pymavlink gitter channel here https://gitter.im/ArduPilot/pymavlink
Pymavlink is currently a Python 2 package. It is recommended to install and use it with Python 2.
However an initial Python 3 support is given. The following instructions assume you are using Python 2 and a Debian-based (like Ubuntu) installation.
Pymavlink requires 3 dependencies :
- future : for python 2 and python 3 interoperability (http://python-future.org/) - lxml : for checking and parsing xml file (http://lxml.de/installation.html) - python-dev : for mavnative
lxml has some additional dependencies that can be installed with your package manager (here with apt-get) :
sudo apt-get install libxml2-dev libxslt-dev python-dev
Using pip you can install the required dependencies for pymavlink :
sudo pip2 install -U future lxml
The -U parameter allows updating future and lxml version if it is already installed.
Use pip to install future as for linux. Lxml can be installed with a windows installer from here : https://pypi.python.org/pypi/lxml/3.6.0
It is recommended to install pymavlink from PyPi with pip, that way dependencies should be auto install by pip.
sudo pip2 install -U pymavlink
The -U parameter allow to update pymavlink version if it is already installed.
On the pymavlink directory, you can use :
sudo MDEF=PATH_TO_message_definitions pip2 install . -v
The -v parameter will output the installation commands on the terminal. The MDEF usage is require as pip install is done from /tmp directory, so it is necessary to use MDEF variable to point on the message_definitions directory. Use pip should auto install dependencies and allow to keep them up-to-date with pip.
sudo python2 setup.py install
Please see Pip documentation : https://pip.pypa.io/en/stable/
pymavlink is released under the GNU Lesser General Public License v3 or later.
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