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Python wrapper for Allied Vision's Vimba C API

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⚠️ Allied Vision now officially provide Python support - consider using the official API instead of Pymba. ⚠️

Pymba

Pymba is a Python wrapper for Allied Vision's Vimba C API. It wraps the Vimba C library file included in the Vimba installation to provide a simple Python interface for Allied Vision cameras. It currently supports most of the functionality provided by Vimba.

Installation

Installing Vimba SDK

For Windows:

  • Download and launch the Vimba SDK installer:
    • Select "Custom Selection".
    • Select (at least) the following options:
      • A transport layer that matches your hardware (e.g. "Vimba USB Transport Layer" for USB cameras):
        • Core components.
        • Register GenICam Path variable.
      • Vimba SDK:
        • Core components.
        • Register environment variables.
        • C API runtime components.
        • C API development components.
        • Driver Installer.
        • Vimba Viewer.
  • Run VimbaDriverInstaller.exe and install the relevant driver.
  • Test the driver installation by running VimbaViewer.exe.

For other OS's see Vimba's download page.

Installing Pymba

For Python 3 install Pymba via PIP.

pip install pymba

For Python 2 and for backwards compatibility with older versions of Pymba use the python2 branch.

Testing installation

If Vimba and Pymba are installed correctly, then the following code should give the installed Vimba version. No camera is needed.

from pymba import Vimba, __version__

print(__version__)
print(Vimba.version())

Usage examples

Usage examples can be found in the examples directory.

Known issues

  • Not all API functions are supported, but missing functions can be added on request.
  • Not all camera pixel formats are currently supported.

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