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Python module to interface with the Qwiic Proximity board.

This package is a port of the SparkFun VCNL4040 Proximity Sensor Arduino Library

This package can be used in conjunction with the overall SparkFun qwiic Python Package

New to qwiic? Take a look at the entire SparkFun qwiic ecosystem.

Supported Platforms

The qwiic Proximity Python package current supports the following platforms:


This driver package depends on the qwiic I2C driver: Qwiic_I2C_Py


The SparkFun qwiic Proximity module documentation is hosted at ReadTheDocs

PyPi Installation

This repository is hosted on PyPi as the sparkfun-qwiic-proximity package. On systems that support PyPi installation via pip, this library is installed using the following commands

For all users (note: the user must have sudo privileges):

sudo pip install sparkfun-qwiic-proximity

For the current user:

pip install sparkfun-qwiic-proximity

Local Installation

To install, make sure the setuptools package is installed on the system.

Direct installation at the command line:

python setup.py install

To build a package for use with pip:

python setup.py sdist

A package file is built and placed in a subdirectory called dist. This package file can be installed using pip.

cd dist
pip install sparkfun_qwiic_proximity-<version>.tar.gz

Example Use

See the examples directory for more detailed use examples.

import qwiic_proximity
import time
import sys

def runExample():

    print("\nSparkFun Proximity Sensor VCN4040 Example 1\n")
    oProx = qwiic_proximity.QwiicProximity()

    if oProx.isConnected() == False:
        print("The Qwiic Proximity device isn't connected to the system. Please check your connection", \


    while True:
        proxValue = oProx.getProximity()
        print("Proximity Value: %d" % proxValue)


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