Access to CAN-Bus

Stephan Diehl stephan at
Mon Jun 9 09:34:41 CEST 2008

Thin Myrna schrieb:
> I'd like to access some drive hardware via CAN bus from Python under Linux
> (sending rec'ing PDOs). Googling around I couldn't find a Python package,
> but people who said that they are doing this, though. I guess they are
> using their home brewn software. 
> Any pointer to 
> -  such software (anyone willing to share his experience?)
> -  how to write such software?
> Under Windows, I guess, I could use some COM or ctypes functionality to
> access the hardware vendor's hardware. What if I wanted to access such
> hardware from Linux? Is there a package that allows that in a vendor (who
> doesn't support Linux) independent way?
> Many thanks in advance
> Thin

We've done this once (sorry no open source). If I remember right, we've 
been using ctypes on windows to access the CAN card. If I had to do 
something like this again, I'd definatelly check out an USB CAN adapter 
which might be easier to handle (but one never knows).


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