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Over the last few months I have learned how to program with Python. With one of the upcoming projects that I am working on it would be nice to have a computer’s display to view the data collected by a rover in real-time as well as crunch numbers while the rover completes its  mission. The rover will have an Arduino as a brain. What I found after some searching was pySerial. This is a really neat piece of software that allows Python to send and receive data much like the Serial Monitor does.

pySerial is available to download at


Step 1: Installation

Once you download it open up Terminal and type in:

tar xfvz /Users/*Account*/Downloads/pyserial-2.6.tar.gz
cd pyserial-2.6
sudo python setup.py install



To make sure that everything installed correctly open up Idle and type in 'Import Serial'. If no errors appears then everything is good to go.

You can check the available ports with the line

ls /dev/tty.*
<p>Hi there! Nice tutorial! I was wondering whether this could be used to interface between the Raspberry Pi and Arduino? I mean I want my RPi to trigger my Arduino to run its sketch depending upon some conditions, so I could simply check for those conditions on the RPi's python script and then send a variable to Arduino and it runs the script. Can this happen?</p>
<p>Where on python does this get printed? I am running the python script and also opened up the serial monitor on Arduino. It reads &quot;Ready&quot; and that's about it. Nothing else seems to happen. Is there a serial monitor-type thing I need to open on IDLE? Please help me. I need to figure this out for my project ASAP.</p>
It's displayed in the python terminal
<p>OK, what is Idle?</p>
<p>Idle is a python IDE. Basically, what you write your python script in.</p>
<p>Thanks urshur.</p>
<p>I love the combination of Python and the Arduino. So I have created a collection about it. I have added your instructable, you can see the collection at: &gt;&gt; <a href="http://www.instructables.com/id/Arduino-and-Python-and-perhaps-a-Rasberry-Pi/"> http://www.instructables.com/id/Arduino-and-Pytho...</a></p>
<p>Note for Unix you might want to add this to the top of the code.<br>#!/usr/bin/python</p>
<p>Got me going!</p>
<p>Easy enough!</p>
<p>liked the idea, decided that having its own gui and easily adjustable parameters would be good. <a href="http://www.instructables.com/id/Python-Terminal-for-Cheap-Pi-Arduino-Connection/" rel="nofollow">http://www.instructables.com/id/Python-Terminal-fo...</a></p>
<p>Thank you for the tutorial, it is really useful. Just one question: Is <br>it possible to reuse somehow Arduino libraries to interface Arduino <br>shields (gsm.h) from Python?</p>
<p>oh yes :D </p>
<p>Excellent tutorial, just what I needed to start reading data from my 'Barometric Differentiation Engine'</p><p>Thanks</p>
<p>Nice! it work for me, the only change I made was instead of</p><p>('/dev/tty.usbmodem1d11', 9600) I used (2) what is the COM3 port.</p><p>Thanks</p>
<p>Nice! it work for me, the only change I made was instead of</p><p>('/dev/tty.usbmodem1d11', 9600) I used (2) what is the COM3 port.</p><p>Thanks</p>

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