Open source driver for accessing raw data from the Emotiv EPOC EEG headset
Python Makefile
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Emokit is a set of language for user space access to the raw stream data from the Emotiv EPOC headset. Note that this will not give you processed data (i.e. anything available in the Emo Suites in the software), just the raw sensor data.

C Library

Please note that the python and C libraries are now in different repos. If you would like to use the C version of emokit, the repo is at



If you have a problem not covered in the FAQ, file it as an issue on the github project.

PLEASE DO NOT EMAIL OR OTHERWISE CONTACT THE DEVELOPERS DIRECTLY. Seriously. I'm sick of email and random facebook friendings asking for help. What happens on the project stays on the project.


If you are using the Python library and a research headset you may have to change the is_research variable in's setup_crypto function.

Required Libraries



  • future - pip install future


Linux / OS X

Running tests

You should be able to install emokit and the required python libraries using:

pip install emokit


python install

hidapi will still need to be installed manually on Linux and OS X.


Python library


import emotiv

if __name__ == "__main__":
  with emotiv.Emotiv() as headset:
      while True:
        packet = headset.dequeue()
        if packet is not None:
            print("Gyro - X:{x_position} Y:{y_position}".format(x_position=packet.sensors['X']['value'],



Running Unit Tests

From the python directory in your terminal type:


python -m pytest tests/

Platform Specifics Issues


Due to the way hidapi works, the linux version of emokit can run using either hidraw calls or libusb. These will require different udev rules for each. We've tried to cover both (as based on hidapi's example udev file), but your mileage may vary. If you have problems, please post them to the github issues page (

Your kernel may not support /dev/hidraw devices by default, such as an RPi. To fix that re-comiple your kernel with /dev/hidraw support


The file uses pygame, visit Do not export the architecture compiler flags for recent 64bit versions of OS X.

Credits - Cody

Huge thanks to everyone who donated to the fund drive that got the hardware into my hands to build this.

Thanks to Bryan Bishop and the other guys in #hplusroadmap on Freenode for your help and support.

And as always, thanks to my friends and family for supporting me and suffering through my obsession of the week.

Credits - Kyle

Kyle would like to thank Cody for doing the hard part.

He would also like to thank emotiv for putting emo on the front of everything because it's god damn hilarious. I mean, really, Emo Suites? Saddest hotel EVER.

Frequently asked questions

  • What unit is the data I'm getting back in? How do I get volts out of it?

    One least-significant-bit of the fourteen-bit value you get back is 0.51 microvolts. See the specification for more details. (Broken Link)

  • What should my output look like?

    Idling, not on someone's head it should look something like this:
    Y Reading: 0 Quality: 0 F3 Reading: 316 Quality: 24 F4 Reading: 779 Quality: 16 P7 Reading: 189 Quality: 0 FC6 Reading: 925 Quality: 24 F7 Reading: 80 Quality: 0 F8 Reading: 1037 Quality: 8 T7 Reading: 345 Quality: 16 P8 Reading: -92 Quality: 16 FC5 Reading: 1113 Quality: 16 AF4 Reading: 476 Quality: 0 Unknown Reading: 82 Quality: 8 T8 Reading: 636 Quality: 16 X Reading: 1 Quality: 0 Z Reading: ? Quality: 0 O2 Reading: 216 Quality: 0 O1 Reading: -39 Quality: 24 AF3 Reading: 100 Quality: 24 Battery: 0