Getting Started

LabOne software

As prerequisite, the LabOne software version 20.01 or later must be installed. It can be downloaded for free here. Follow the installation instructions specific to your platform. Verify that you can connect to your instrument(s) using the web interface of LabOne. If you are upgrading from an older version, be sure to update the firmware of al your devices using the web interface before continuing.

In principle LabOne can be installed in a remote machine, but we highly recommend to install on the local machine where you intend to run the experiment.

Install QCoDeS

QCodes will be automatically installed as dependency, but it’s advised to install it manually before according to the QCoDeS documentation.

Install zhinst-qcodes

This installation methos is recommended for the majority of the users that don’t need to modify the zhinst-qcodes package. zhinst-qcodes is packaged on PyPI, so it’s enough to write in the prompt

pip install zhinst-qcodes


The upgrade is very similar to the installation; from the prompt type

pip install --upgrade zhinst-qcodes

The upgrade is highly recommended if you are upgrading LabOne as well.

Install from source

If you need to modify the zhinst-qcodes package or you need a fature that it’s not in the release yet, you may install the development version. This is recommended only to advanced users with advanced knowledge of Python and Git. Clone the zhinst-qcodes GitHub repository. Then move to the root of repository and install it with

python install

Please not that the installation in editable mode (i.e. setuptools “develop mode”) is not supported, so the commands pip install -e . or python develop will create a non-working installation. This is a restriction of the namespace Python package as defined in PEP420 (see also