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pylon Open Source Projects

The pylon Camera Software Suite is a software package consisting of an easy-to-use SDK as well as drivers and tools that let you operate any Basler camera on a PC with a Windows, Linux, or macOS operating system.

Thanks to the open source projects “pypylon” and “pylon camera driver for ROS 1 and ROS 2”, Basler camera customers can now develop prototype applications with the programming language Python, as well as robot applications on the Robot Operating System (ROS).

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pypylon or Basler‘s new pylon Camera Software Suite interface for Python

pypylon is Basler’s new pylon Camera Software Suite interface for interfacing Basler cameras with the programming language Python. pypylon is an open source project hosted on

With pypylon, Basler is making a camera API available as an open source project for the first time. This provides maximum flexibility for users who can now modify and build pypylon according to their specific individual needs. With this project, Basler is encouraging the community to get involved with their own creative ideas and actively take part in further developing pypyplon.

Why use pypylon?

Python is a dynamic, object-oriented and multipurpose programming language designed to be quick to understand, learn and use. The syntax in Python helps programmers do coding in fewer steps, as compared to Java, VB, C, C++ or C#. Python's extensive library of open-source image processing libraries (e.g. Open CV), data analysis tools, web frameworks, and testing instruments makes its ecosystem one of the largest of any programming community.

pypylon is a wrapper interface for the powerful Basler pylon Camera Software Suite that allows both new and experienced Python programmers to easily develop applications and test Basler cameras without setting up a complex development environment. This significantly speeds up the camera evaluation process, increases the programmer’s productivity and decreases the total project costs.

System requirements

Robot Operating System (ROS)

NEW: pylon Camera Driver for Robot Operating System (ROS 1 and ROS 2)

The pylon Camera Driver for Robot Operating System (ROS) is an open source project that allows Basler GigE Vision and USB3 Vision cameras to be used in robotics applications.

ROS is an all-open-source framework of software libraries and tools. The framework supports the building of various robot applications. ROS provides the development tools, algorithms and drivers for a variety of robotics platform projects. ROS is able to run a large number of executables in parallel and let them exchange data synchronously or asynchronously. In practice, the data are generally sensor queries whose resulting data can be processed to cause robot actions.

Sensors used in robotics are single information and array detectors. In addition, industrial cameras are also increasingly used for robotics applications.

To allow Basler’s GigE Vision and USB3 Vision cameras to work within the ROS framework, Basler offers the new “pylon-ROS-Camera ” package. It is available for free download under a BCD license at GitHub.


For more information on interfacing Basler GigE Vision and USB3 Vision cameras with ROS 2 using the "pylon-ROS-camera" package refer to the Application Notes “Interfacing Basler Cameras with ROS ”.


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You need support on Open Source projects?

Please note that all Open Source projects related to Basler products are community-supported only. Therefore, please place your request directly on the website of the respective project.

Basler invites everyone to participate in these vibrant communities and welcomes any contributions.
We thank you for your support and look forward to seeing you there!

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