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Russell Taylor edited this page Mar 30, 2015 · 1 revision

USB Library Used by VRPN

There are a number of projects that call themselves LibUSB, which can cause some confusion.

  • LibUSB 0.1 appears to be the basis for a number of forked packages. libusb-dev is the Debian package that installs this under Ubuntu.
  • LibUSB-win32 is a fork of LibUSB 0.1 that works under Windows. It is API backward-compatible with the earlier version and includes new isochronous modes not present in it. It is planned to be ported back into the LibUSB 1.0 library in the future.
  • LibUSB 1.0 lives at libusb-1.0-0-dev installs the developer files that we need to use this on Ubuntu. It is a rewrite that runs in Linux and OSX and is being ported to Windows.

VRPN, uses LibUSB 1.0. The direct link to this is project description is


VRPN USB drivers that provide direct access to non-HID USB devices sometimes use LibUSB to do so. This page describes how get devices working with LibUSB so that they can be opened by VPRN. If you're writing a new driver for VRPN that is a non-HID driver, please use LibUSB so that we can all use the same cross-platform USB code going forward.


To develop under Ubuntu, you need the libusb-1.0-0-dev package (apt-get install libusb-1.0-0-dev). To run and connect to USB devices under Ubuntu, you need the libusb-1.0-0 package (apt-get install libusb-1.0-0).


The Wiki describing the current status of this the Windows port of LibUSB-1l0 is at As of 12/6/2010, there is support for Windows in LibUSB-1.0 in the Git source tree, but not in the released source-code version.

There are binary snapshots available at the above link that will install the needed files to compile and link. There are also instructions there on how to install a driver (required) to make a non-HID device work with the library.