Aksy – Resurrected

Aksy installation


Aksy is mostly written in Python, so you will need to install a recent Python version (2.4/2.5), which can be obtained from http://python.org.

Besides Python, Aksy uses libusb for USB connectivity, and this library needs to be installed on the system, before Aksy can be installed.

NOTE: the current stable release ( doesn’t find the Akai sampler. Either download an earlier version or the 20060827 snapshot. Verify with the Libusb test tool if the sampler is listed.

On most Linux distributions you’ll need to install the libusb-dev or libusb-devel package besides the libusb package.


As of 0.3, Aksy can be installed on all supported platforms using easy_install. The advantage of using easy_install compared to e.g. the installers, is that the Python packages Aksy requires for AksyFS or AksyFTP, will be automatically installed as well. The disadvantage is that easy_install builds every package from source, so you will need a compiler installed (Xcode for MacOSX, Mingw for Windows and a gcc compiler on Linux)

Currently, on all platforms that support FUSE, the FUSE library needs to be installed before the fuse-python setup runs. See AksyFS for more information.

Assuming Python 2.5 (or 2.4) has already been installed, run ez_setup.py (use “Save link as” or equivalent to download) to install easy_install:

python ez_setup.py

Installing aksy

if all went well, run easy_install aksy to install aksy. This command will obtain the latest Aksy version from this site, and automatically install it.

Upgrading aksy

Use easy_install -U aksy to upgrade an existing version to a newer one.

Next steps

To verify the installation, you could first run a few of the AksyBaseTools.