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A Java library for displaying images on the Ableton Push 2 instrument. The project name, which refers to Javanese shadow puppet artistry, was chosen because it ties together the concepts Java, Push, and images.

Wayang photo



Wayang uses usb4java to communicate with the Push. For that to work, you need to have libusb installed on your system. If you are on Linux it is likely already installed, or you can follow their installation instructions. On the Mac, I recommend using Homebrew for all such needs; once it’s installed, you can simply run brew install libusb.

If you are already using the Open Lighting Architecture, perhaps through Afterglow, then libusb was installed as part of installing OLA.


Wayang is available through Maven Central, so to use it in your Maven project, all you need is to include the appropriate dependency.

Maven Central

Click the maven central badge above to view the repository entry for Wayang. The proper format for including the latest release as a dependency in a variety of tools, including Leiningen if you are using Wayang from Clojure, can be found in the Dependency Information section.

If you want to manually install Wayang, you can download the library from the releases page and put it on your project’s class path. Be sure you get the right version: the much larger file whose name ends -jar-with-dependencies.jar contains everything you need to communicate with libusb from Java. The smaller Wayang jar is for use with dependency management systems like Maven. You can download that one if you’d like, but you will then also be responsible for installing usb4java and any transitive dependencies it might have.


Once you have the Wayang library added as a dependency, all you need to do to draw to the Push display is:

import org.deepsymmetry.Wayang;

// ...

        BufferedImage displayImage =;
        Graphics2D graphics = displayImage.createGraphics();

// Perform whatever Java2D drawing operations you'd like to using the graphics object,
// then, whenever you want to update what is showing on the Push:


// If you want to maximize your frame rate, you can also send frames asynchronously:


// If you are done talking to it, you can close, as below. Otherwise, the library cleans
// up for you when the JVM exits.


The image you get from is 960 pixels wide and 160 pixels tall, the same as the physical display. These values are also available as the constants Wayang.DISPLAY_WIDTH and Wayang.DISPLAY_HEIGHT.

This photo shows the results of running mvn test in the project directory:

Test display

Capturing Your Interface

You can save animated GIF files to provide highly meaningful documentation for your user interfaces, thanks to an embedded version of Elliot Kroo’s GifSequenceWriter. To do that, just call:

import org.deepsymmetry.GifSequenceWriter;

// ...

    ImageOutputStream output =
      new FileImageOutputStream(new File("out.gif"));

    // Pass in the displayImage buffer that gave you, the
    // interval in milliseconds at which you update the display, and
    // whether you want the animation to loop:
    GifSequenceWriter writer =
      new GifSequenceWriter(output, displayImage, 50, true);

// Then whenever you are calling Wayang.SendFrame(), also call:


// When you are done recording, call:


Here is an example recording from Afterglow’s Push 2 interface:

Test display

Push Interface Documentation

Ableton has released the documentation that enabled the creation of this library as its own project on Github, push-interface.


Wyang photo by Gunawan Kartapranata, used under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license.

GifSequenceWriter by Elliot Kroo, used under the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License.


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