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This repository contains an example Python module for PicoScope oscilloscopes.
- A PicoScope oscilloscope using one of the following PicoScope drivers:
- Python 2.7
- For best experience on Microsoft Windows Python(x,y) suite is recommended. Note that this will require the 32-bit PicoSDK to be installed (see Installing drivers)
Linux and Mac OS X
- For Streaming mode data collection, the pytables module is required.
streaming_captureexamples require matplotlib and signal.
- PicoPyScope example has been written for use with PyQtGraph.
Notes: The code is not much different from Python3 and can be easily converted with the 2to3 utility. The module has been tested and proved working on Linux (including ARM derivatives), Microsoft Windows and Mac OS X.
Drivers are available for the following platforms. Refer to the subsections below for further information.
- Download the PicoSDK (32-bit or 64-bit) driver package installer from our Downloads page.
- Follow the instructions from our Linux Software & Drivers for Oscilloscopes and Data Loggers page to install the required driver packages for your product.
Mac OS X
- Visit our Downloads page and download the PicoScope Beta for Mac OS X application.
Installing the python driver bindings
distutils installer is provided. After you have installed the PicoSDK
driver package (see above), the Python installer can be used as follows:
python setup.py install
On macOS and Linux you will either need to use
sudo with this command, to
install into the system folders, or to install for the current user only you
python setup.py install --user
Within python, the library for
import is called
- block_capture.py - comprehensive suite for testing block collection (-h to see all options)
- stream_capture.py - streaming testing utility, including some performance tests (-h to see all options)
- picopyscope.py - simple PC oscilloscope UI
Note: A basic script requires just a few lines as below. Most functions have been decorated with docstrings.
from picosdk import ps2000 if __name__ == "__main__": ps = ps2000.Device() status = ps.open_unit() if status == ps.m.pico_num("PICO_OK"): s, state = ps.get_channel_state(channel=ps.m.Channels.A) state.enabled = True state.range = ps.m.Ranges.r5v status = ps.set_channel(channel=ps.m.Channels.A, state=state) if status == ps.m.pico_num("PICO_OK"): s, index = ps.locate_buffer(channel=ps.m.Channels.A, samples=1000, segment=0, mode=ps.m.RatioModes.raw, downsample=0) status = ps.collect_segment(segment=0, interval=1000) if status == ps.m.pico_num("PICO_OK"): status, data = ps.get_buffer_volts(index=index) print data exit(0) print ps.m.pico_tag(status)
You can download Programmer's Guides providing a description of the API functions for the relevant PicoScope or PicoLog driver from our Documentation page.
Contributions are welcome. Please refer to our guidelines for contributing for further information.
Applications written by our customers
The following are Python examples written by our customers:
The following is a fork of this repository:
Copyright and licensing
See LICENSE.md for license terms.
PicoScope and PicoLog are registered trademarks of Pico Technology Ltd.
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