pylibftdi is a minimal Pythonic interface to FTDI devices using libftdi.
The primary interface is the
Device class in the pylibftdi package; this
gives serial access on relevant FTDI devices (e.g. the UM232R), providing a
file-like interface (read, write). Baudrate is controlled with the
If a Device instance is created with
mode='t' (text mode) then read() and
write() can use the given
encoding (defaulting to latin-1). This doesn’t
make a lot of difference on Python 2 (and can be omitted), but allows easier
integration with passing unicode strings between devices in Python 3.
Multiple devices are supported by passing the desired device serial number (as
a string) in the
device_id parameter - this is the first parameter in both
Device() and BitBangDevice() constructors. Alternatively the device ‘description’
can be given, and an attempt will be made to match this if matching by serial
>>> from pylibftdi import Device >>> >>> with Device(mode='t') as dev: ... dev.baudrate = 115200 ... dev.write('Hello World')
The pylibftdi.BitBangDevice wrapper provides access to the parallel IO mode of
operation through the
direction properties. These provide an
8 bit IO port including all the relevant bit operations to make things simple.
>>> from pylibftdi import BitBangDevice >>> >>> with BitBangDevice('FTE00P4L') as bb: ... bb.direction = 0x0F # four LSB are output(1), four MSB are input(0) ... bb.port |= 2 # set bit 1 ... bb.port &= 0xFE # clear bit 0
There is support for a number of external devices and protocols, including interfacing with HD44780 LCDs using the 4-bit interface.
History & Motivation¶
This package is the result of various bits of work using FTDI’s devices, primarily for controlling external devices. Some of this is documented on the codedstructure blog, codedstructure.blogspot.com
Several other open-source Python FTDI wrappers exist, and each may be best for some projects. Some aim at closely wrapping the libftdi interface, others use FTDI’s own D2XX driver (ftd2xx) or talk directly to USB via libusb or similar (such as pyftdi).
The aim for pylibftdi is to work with libftdi, but to provide a high-level Pythonic interface. Various wrappers and utility functions are also part of the distribution; following Python’s batteries included approach, there are various interesting devices supported out-of-the-box - or at least there will be soon!
- Add more examples: SPI devices, knight-rider effects, input devices, MIDI…
- Perhaps add support for D2XX driver, though the name then becomes a slight liability ;)
Copyright (c) 2010-2022 Ben Bass <firstname.lastname@example.org>
pylibftdi is released under the MIT licence; see the file “LICENSE.txt” for information.
All trademarks referenced herein are property of their respective holders. libFTDI itself is developed by Intra2net AG. No association with Intra2net is claimed or implied, but I have found their library helpful and had fun with it…