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A CircuitPython/Python library for Benewake’s TF mini distance sensor


This driver depends on:

Please ensure all dependencies are available on the CircuitPython filesystem. This is easily achieved by downloading the Adafruit library and driver bundle.

Installing from PyPI

On supported GNU/Linux systems like the Raspberry Pi, you can install the driver locally from PyPI. To install for current user:

pip3 install adafruit-circuitpython-tfmini

To install system-wide (this may be required in some cases):

sudo pip3 install adafruit-circuitpython-tfmini

To install in a virtual environment in your current project:

mkdir project-name && cd project-name
python3 -m venv .venv
source .venv/bin/activate
pip3 install adafruit-circuitpython-tfmini

Usage Example

import time
import board  # comment this out if using pyserial
import busio  # comment this out if using pyserial
import adafruit_tfmini

# Use hardware uart
uart = busio.UART(board.TX, board.RX)

# Or, you can use pyserial on any computer
#import serial
#uart = serial.Serial("/dev/ttyS2", timeout=1)

# Simplest use, connect with the uart bus object
tfmini = adafruit_tfmini.TFmini(uart)

# You can put in 'short' or 'long' distance mode
tfmini.mode = adafruit_tfmini.MODE_SHORT
print("Now in mode", tfmini.mode)

while True:
    print("Distance: %d cm (strength %d, mode %x)" %
          (tfmini.distance, tfmini.strength, tfmini.mode))


API documentation for this library can be found on Read the Docs.

For information on building library documentation, please check out this guide.


Contributions are welcome! Please read our Code of Conduct before contributing to help this project stay welcoming.

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