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Armstrap pyVirtualBench

Python wrappers to control NI VirtualBench. These wrappers call into the official c-driver, allowing you to control VirtualBench from a Python application.

VirtualBench Python

What is VirtualBench?

Five Instruments. One Device. Radically Practical.

By combining the most essential instruments into one device and integrating with PCs and iPads, the VirtualBench all-in-one instrument is simple, is convenient, and opens up new possibilities for how you can interact with benchtop instruments.

What’s Included?

  1. Mixed-Signal Oscilloscope With Protocol Analysis
  2. Function Generator
  3. Digital I/O, SPI master, I2C master
  4. Programmable DC Power Supply
  5. Digital Multimeter

More information can be found on ni.com.

Requirements (Windows Only)

Quickstart Guide

  • Run the following on a Windows Command Line terminal
mkdir Projects
cd Projects
git clone https://github.com/armstrap/armstrap-pyvirtualbench.git
cd armstrap-pyvirtualbench
python -m pip install .
python examples\ps_example.py

For Developers

  • To install in "edit mode" - that is, to use the files directly in the project directory instead of making a read-only installation - in the above instructions replace
python -m pip install .

with

python -m pip install -e .

Helpful Resources

  • NI support article on pyVirtualBench
  • VirtualBench C library is found in C:\Program Files (x86)\National Instruments\Shared\ExternalCompilerSupport\C
  • Examples for the C-API of VirtualBench are found in C:\Users\Public\Documents\National Instruments\VirtualBench ANSI C Examples

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