So I am trying to setup the code on my Raspberry Pi 3 Model B so make it so it can read and write from a Serial Port. I installed Python 2 and 3 versions of PySerial with:

sudo apt-get install python3-serial
sudo apt-get install python-serial

So I should have the most up to date versions of PySerial installed correctly? Well when I was running my code I was just trying to output the port settings with:


Which when I run the module gives me the error:

AttributeError: 'Serial' object has no attribute 'get_settings()'

So I went and changed the code to the old name for the method:


And this worked. So obviously I don't have the newest version of PySerial on my Pi. So I went to do the install again and was told I already have the newest version on my Pi. However, I can obviously tell I don't because of the errors I am getting.

So how would I go about fixing this? Am I just not making the correct terminal calls to install PySerial?


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As you have found the version available in the APT repositories are not always the most up to date.

You can use pip to install a newer version with the following command:

pip install pyserial

Note: You may need to run the above command with the following options:

sudo pip install --upgrade pyserial

or download the archive:

wget https://pypi.python.org/packages/8d/88/cf848688ae011085a6da5a470740dafa3a4b105f84a5f79c3b720c19279c/pyserial-3.3.tar.gz#md5=6afe4c2e47bcec6eb7051b8c1ce19d52

Unpack the archive:

tar -xzf pyserial-3.3.tar.gz

enter the pyserial-3.3 directory:

cd pyserial-3.3

and run:

python setup.py install

for Python 2.x


python3 setup.py install

For Python 3.x.

Note: You may need to remove the older packages you installed using apt first. You can remove them with the following commands:

sudo apt-get remove python-serial
sudo apt-get remove python3-serial
  • Where is the pyserial-x.y directory? Jun 22, 2017 at 13:30
  • @Skitzafreak It will be in the directory where you downloaded and extracted the source file see above edits. The pip method is easier. Jun 22, 2017 at 13:35
  • SoI ran the upgrade through pip, and after running print(serial.VERSION) I am still being shown that my PySerial version is 2.6 Jun 22, 2017 at 13:59
  • I get 3.3 did you use sudo amd the upgrade flag? Are you doing this in Python 2 or 3 Jun 22, 2017 at 14:01
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