Getting Started



As prerequisite, the LabOne software version 20.01 or later must be installed. It can be downloaded for free at 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 all your devices using the web interface before continuing.


A working installation of Python 3.6+ is required to use zhinst-toolkit. On Windows and MacOS X, Anaconda is highly recommended. At the moment Python 3.8 is not supported, we recommend to use Python 3.7. After installation, it is recommended to create a new environment. This can be done by opening the Anaconda Prompt from the start menu and by typing these lines in the prompt

$ conda create -n NAME python=3.7
$ conda activate NAME

where NAME should be the name of the envirronment that you want to create. The first line will create the environment, while the second activate it.


Install the latest release

Simply install the toolkit using pip

$ pip install zhinst-toolkit

and verify the installation with e.g. iPython (if installed):

$ ipython
>>> import zhinst.toolkit as tk

Install from source

Clone the zhinst-toolkit repository from the GitHub repository and install the package from source.

$ git clone <TODO: add link to github repo>
$ cd zhinst-toolkit
$ pip install -r requirements.txt
$ pip install .


In case you have installed the zhinst-toolkit with pip, simply run

$ pip install --upgrade zhinst-toolkit

If you have installed the toolkit from GitHub, pull the latest changes and rerun

$ pip install .

Start using the zhinst-toolkit

For an interactive use of the zhinst-toolkit we recommend Jupyter Notebook, Jupyter Lab or simply iPython for you console.

>>> import zhinst.toolkit as tk
>>> ...
>>> hdawg = tk.HDAWG("hdawg1", "dev8006", interface="usb")
>>> hdawg.setup()
>>> hdawg.connect_device()
>>> ...

Of course you are free to use it in the same way within a plain Python script.