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Install NI-VISA on Ubuntu 18.04

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I am using Ubuntu 18.04 and I need to install NI-VISA.

But according to


NI-VISA is not available for .deb-based linux distributions.

I 'd like to know if there is any way to install NI-VISA on Ubuntu 18.04?



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I followed the steps as described in




I downloaded NI Linux Device Drivers version 2020.

After installing the repository addon and refreshing the package list, the following cmd


sudo apt install ni-visa


raises error:

E: Unable to locate package ni-visa


Indeed, runing


apt-cache search ni- | grep visa


gives only


python-pyvisa-py - Backend that implements a large part of the VISA in pure Python
python3-pyvisa-py - Backend that implements a large part of the VISA in pure Python 3


However, according to


the driver's name is ni-visa. I'm not sure what is wrong?







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Accepted by topic author yy82

Problem solved.


Switched to use pyvisa-py as a VISA backend, and use pyvisa as a frontend.


Also need to add a rule for accessing USB-linked devices on ubuntu, see

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I have a question about how do you add the linux-gpib on the ubuntu 18.04 os? Thanks in advance.



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