Gabriel Staples Gabriel Staples - 1 year ago 327
Python Question

Python 3 non-blocking read with pySerial (Cannot get pySerial's "in_waiting" property to work)

For the life of me, I cannot figure out how to do a non-blocking serial read in Python 3 using my Raspberry Pi.

Here's my code:

import serial #for pySerial

ser = serial.Serial('/dev/ttyUSB0', 9600) #open serial port
print ('serial port = ' + #print the port used

while (True):
if (ser.in_waiting>0):


AttributeError: 'Serial' object has no attribute 'in_waiting'

Here's the reference page I'm referencing that told me "in_waiting" exists:

Answer Source

The documentation link you listed shows in_waiting as a property added in PySerial 3.0. Most likely you're using PySerial < 3.0 so you'll have to call the inWaiting() function.

You can check the version of PySerial as follows:

import serial
print serial.VERSION

If you installed PySerial using pip, you should be able to perform an upgrade (admin privileges may be required):

pip install --upgrade pyserial

Otherwise, change your code to use the proper interface from PySerial < 3.0:

while (True):
    if (ser.inWaiting() > 0):