1. Ben Bass
  2. pylibftdi


pylibftdi / doc / installation.rst


Unsurprisingly, pylibftdi depends on libftdi, and installing this varies according to your operating system. Chances are that following one of the following instructions will install the required prerequisites. If not, be aware that libftdi in turn relies on libusb.

Installing pylibftdi itself is straightforward - it is a pure Python package (using ctypes for bindings), and has no dependencies outside the Python standard library for installation. Don't expect it to work happily without libftdi installed though :-)

$ pip install pylibftdi


I've not tested pylibftdi on Windows, but recent libftdi binaries seem to be available from the picusb project on google code.

Mac OS X

I suggest using homebrew to install libftdi:

$ brew install libftdi


Debian package libftdi-dev should give you what you need.

One potential issue is with permissions to access the device, which can be seen as a error when opening devices (with a '-4' error code). The solution is to add udev rules to deal with the devices - the following works for me under Arch linux:

SUBSYSTEMS="usb", ATTRS{idVendor}=="0403", ATTRS{idProduct}=="6001", GROUP=="users", MODE="0660"
SUBSYSTEMS="usb", ATTRS{idVendor}=="0403", ATTRS{idProduct}=="6014", GROUP=="users", MODE="0660"

Some FTDI devices may use other USB PIDs. Use lsusb or similar to determine the exact values to use (or try checking dmesg output on device insertion / removal). You'll also probably find a more appropriate GROUP than 'users' depending on your Linux distribution.