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Whisker Starfeeder (starling RFID/balance reader)

Project Description


Manages radiofrequency identification (RFID) readers and weighing balances, and talks to a Whisker client (


Ubuntu Linux

From a command prompt:

sudo apt-get install python3 python3-pip  # install Python with pip

python3 -m virtualenv /PATH/TO/MY/NEW/VIRTUALENV  # make a virtualenv

source /PATH/TO/MY/NEW/VIRTUALENV/bin/activate  # activate the virtualenv

pip install starfeeder --process-dependency-links  # install from PyPI


You need to have Python 3 installed (which will come with pip, pyvenv, and virtualenv). Obtain it from and install it. We’ll suppose you’ve installed Python at C:\Python34.

Then fire up a Command Prompt and do:

C:\Python34\Scripts\virtualenv.exe C:\PATH\TO\MY\NEW\VIRTUALENV


pip install starfeeder --process-dependency-links


Run the starfeeder program from within your virtual environment. It will be at:




Windows: just the GUI

For normal use:


Windows: to see command-line output

Use this for database upgrades, command-line help, and to see debugging output:


You can append -v for more verbose output, or --help for full details.

If you use this method to run the graphical user interface (GUI) application, do not close the console window (this will close the GUI app). Use the method

Single-folder binary distribution

You can’t yet install and run from a binary distribution.

A single-file or single-folder installation based on PyInstaller would be helpful; this bundles Python, the necessary virtual environment, and the application together. However, it isn’t working at the moment. The app must be able to run without a command-line window, and should be able also to run with one (since additional command-line tools are required for database management), but PyInstaller’s multipackage bundles are broken at the moment (

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