The pylon Camera Software Suite is a software package comprised of an easy-to-use SDK along with drivers and tools that you can use to operate any Basler camera with a Windows, Linux or OS X operating system. It offers unrestricted access to the latest camera models and features.
The GenTL standard offers the ability to generically find one or more cameras, address and configure them and then capture images. This means Basler cameras can also be operated with third-party software libraries that support the GenTL standard, such as MathWorks MATLAB, MVTec HALCON or STEMMER IMAGING Common Vision Blox (see functional block diagram). Thanks to Basler’s longstanding experience and industry-leading expertise in the development of high-performance kernel drivers, this enables a stable, reliable and error-free image transfer along with low CPU load.
pylon 5 offers two GenTL producers that enable the activation of Basler GigE Vision and USB3 Vision cameras in third-party software. It supports all current Windows versions, including Windows 10 in 32 and 64 Bit.
pylon 5 – faster, smaller, easier!
With the release of the pylon 5 Camera Software Suite, Basler became the first camera manufacturer to introduce a camera software using the new GenICam 3 technology.
Faster: Thanks to GenICam 3, cameras can now be opened about four times faster than with the preceding GenICam versions.
Smaller: Compared to the previous GenICam versions, GenICam 3 only needs about half of the RAM.
Both of these features are particularly advantageous in less high-performance systems. The new standard is mostly backward-compatible, requiring no or only few code modifications in the existing software. Older Basler cameras also benefit from these innovations in pylon. Any required changes are described in detail in the pylon Migration Guide.
Easier: Basler is introducing a new setup concept with pylon 5. Even inexperienced users can install pylon with a few clicks. Thanks to the new easy-copy deployment, the pylon SDK makes it possible to deliver created programs to end users more easily than ever before. This means pylon can also be installed without conflicts for Machine Vision software packages by other manufacturers based on GenICam technology.
Overview of pylon's features
New: Search function in the pylon Feature Tree
The pylon Feature Tree now offers a search function that lets you quickly and easily find all camera features with names containing the search term you entered.
The pylon SDK
The pylon SDK is user friendly to help you develop your own camera applications. Just a few lines of code are all that's needed to configure the camera, capture images and save them to the PC's hard drive.
Extensive documentation and a wealth of sample programs for all typical camera applications in all supported programming languages (C, C++, C#, VB.Net, etc) provides a critical boost into application development.
Bandwidth manager for GigE and USB 3.0 cameras
This simple tool lets you check whether your GigE or USB 3.0 camera(s) reliably deliver all images to your application (such as the pylon Viewer) at the specified bandwidth settings. In this way you can optimize your GigE or USB 3.0 setup in terms of maximum image data throughput and reliability. The load from image data transfer can be optimized for each GigE or USB 3.0 camera connected so that all cameras can transmit their image data without errors, using the maximum bandwidth available.
pylon Viewer Recording Feature
Beyond providing a method to record the camera live view as a video file in various compressed or uncompressed formats, this function also makes it possible to record sequences of still shots in various formats on your PC's hard drive, either as an AVI file (with or without compression) or as a slide show of individual shots. Furthermore the recording speed can be varied to create time-lapse videos. The recording feature was introduced with the pylon 4 release and is included in all subsequent versions of pylon.
Learn more about the pylon Viewer Recording Feature in our video:
pylon USB Configurator
The USB Configurator is a tool that delivers detailed information about the USB topology, highlights potential bandwidth limitations and can even repair incorrect driver assignments with one single click. Another benefit of the USB Configurator is its knack for detecting user error, such as when the USB 3.0 camera is connected to a USB 2.0 port.
Learn more about the pylon USB Configurator in our video:
Automatic Adjust Image Function
Another attractive feature is the new Automatic Adjust Image button in the pylon Viewer. A single click on this button triggers automatic configuration of the selected camera to its environment in terms of color and brightness.
Drivers for Recommended USB 3.0 Host Controllers
You can download the matching drivers for USB 3.0 host controllers recommended by Basler here:
Which models work best with the pylon Camera Software Suite?
The pylon Camera Software Suite is ideally suited for all models from the following Basler camera series: ace, aviator, Basler beat, dart, pilot, scout, scout light, runner and racer as well as the A6xxf, A31xf and A102f. pylon only supports the configuration of Camera Link cameras – no support is provided for image acquisition.Camera Link cameras for the Basler sprint, A and L series are not supported by pylon. We instead offer our Camera Configuration Tool Plus (CCT+) for these cameras.
Each pylon version is completely independent from the other versions. Higher versions are NOT updates of older software packages! If you're using an older pylon pack on your PC, then please don't install a new one. Software that works with the older pylon version may not work after the update. Please also read the pylon Release Notes to learn more about the improvements available in the latest pylon version.
In addition to the complete suit, Basler also offers pylon redistributables containing the Runtime Environment and separate USB, GigE- and/or IEEE 1394-drivers. You can download the redistributables for the latest pylon Release here.