PyUSB – Easy USB access for Python
PyUSB provides for easy access to the host machine's Universal Serial Bus (USB) system for Python 3.
Until 0.4 version, PyUSB used to be a thin wrapper over libusb. Starting with the 1.0 version, things changed considerably: now PyUSB is an API rich, backend neutral Python USB module easy to use.
The best way to get started with PyUSB is to read the following documents:
For more detailed information, PyUSB's API documentation, as with most Python modules, is based on Python doc strings and can be manipulated by tools such as pydoc :
$ python -m pydoc usb
The libusb 1.0 documentation is also a recommended read, especially when using that backend (more on this bellow).
Requirements and platform support
PyUSB is primarily developed and tested on Linux and Windows, but it should also work fine on any platform running Python >= 3.7, ctypes and at least one of the built-in backends.
PyUSB supports libusb 1.0, libusb 0.1 and OpenUSB. Of those, libusb 1.0 is currently recommended for most use cases.
On Linux and BSD, these will generally be available on the distribution's official repositories.
On macOS, libusb 1.0 can easily be installed through Homebrew:
$ brew install libusb
# with pure PyUSB for dev in usb.core.find(find_all=True): print(dev) # with pyocd/libusb-package for dev in libusb_package.find(find_all=True): print(dev)
Alternatively, the libusb 1.0 DLL can be manually copied from an official
release archive into the
C:\Windows\System32 system folder, or packaged
together with the complete application.
PyUSB is generally installed through pip :
# the latest official release python -m pip install pyusb # install a specific version (e.g. 1.2.1) python -m pip install pyusb==1.2.1 # the latest snapshop from the official git repository python -m pip install pyusb git+https://github.com/pyusb/pyusb#egg=pyusb
Most Linux distributions also package PyUSB in their official repositories.
If you have a question about PyUSB:
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|||While pyocd/libusb-package supports platforms other than Windows, there are advantages to sticking to a system-provided libusb, if it is available and the platform has a robust package manager (e.g. Linux, BSD, macOS with Homebrew).|