Since PyBarst is a python client, no drivers are required to be installed on the system. However, drivers need to be installed on the system that runs the server.

PyBarst is only a client to a Barst server. To run a Barst server, one simply launches the pre-compiled Barst exe file directly with the proper parameters or one can launch it from PyBarst. The Barst server itself, however, only runs on Windows from XP and above.

Although it has only been tested on Windows, PyBarst should be to run on any system that runs python.

Using binary wheels

On windows 7+, compiled pybarst wheels can be installed for python 2.7 and 3.4, on either a 32 or 64 bit system using:

pip install pybarst

The wheels come with the barst server, and do not need to be installed separately.

Compiling PyBarst


To compile PyBarst rather than using pre-compiled wheels, the following software is required:

  1. Cython (pip install --upgrade cython).
  2. A c compiler e.g. MinGW (pip install mingwpy on windows).
  3. The Barst server header file, cpl defs.h. By default, the system looks for this file in C:\Program Files\Barst\api (or C:\Program Files (x86)\Barst\api if running from 32 bit python). However, the path to the file can be specified by setting the environmental variable BARST_INCLUDE, to that path.


PyBarst is written in python using cython. Cython is a project that converts python code to c. Therefore, before using PyBarst one must compile it with cython and a c compiler. Luckily, if a c compiler is installed on your system it should all be automatically compiled.

First, you can download PyBarst directly from github using:

git clone pybarst

if you have git installed. Or getting the zip directly at and extracting it.

Once it’s downloaded, from the command line you change the current directory to the folder where PyBarst is extracted and run:

python install

This will compile and and install PyBarst to your preinstalled python path. Alternatively, to just compile PyBarst and not install it to Python, from the command line while in that folder type make or make force.

Running Barst Server

When not using a wheel, to install Barst, simply copy the Barst.exe file to your desired location, a good path is C:\Program Files\Barst\ for the 64-bit version and C:\Program Files (x86)\Barst\ for the 32-bit version.

To run the server you can either provide the path to PyBarst in BarstServer and have PyBarst launch it if it’s local, or manually start it from the command line by typing:

start "" "C:\Program Files\Barst\Barst.exe" "\\.\pipe\PipeName" 1024 1024 -1

Where C:\Program Files\Barst\Barst.exe is the full path to Barst and PipeName is the pipe name that this server will have.

Alternatively, you can create a file called autostart.bat and in it put:

start "" "C:\Program Files\Barst\Barst.exe" "\\.\pipe\PipeName" 1024 1024 -1

Running this file will start the Barst server.

Furthermore, you can place this autostart.bat file in this path: %AppData%\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Startup\ and Windows will automatically launch the server whenever Windows starts.

When using a wheel, barst is included so the path does not need to be provided as we auto-discover it.


In order to be able to create channels of specific types, the drivers for those channels must be installed on the system running the Barst server. See the individual PyBarst channels for their requirements.


All channels come with tests that can be run on them. You can find them under pybarst/tests/. To run them, make sure that the hardware is connected as described in that file, and then just run it with python