RSLogix .L5X interface.

pip install l5x==1.6


RSLogix .L5X Interface

This package aims to implement an interface for manipulating content of RSLogix .L5X export files using a native Pythonic approach as opposed to dealing with raw XML.

Getting Started

All access to .L5X data is through a top-level Project object, instantiated by passing a filename to the constructor. If the project is to be modified the write method writes the updated data back to a file for importing into RSLogix. Typical execution flow is as follows:

import l5x
prj = l5x.Project('project.L5X')

# Read or modify data as needed.



The controller attribute of a project has the following attributes:

A tag scope containing controller tags; see Tags.
Permits reading and modifying the controller's communication path. Setting to None will delete the communication path.
>>> prj.controller.tags['tag_name'].description = 'A controller tag'
>>> prj.controller.comm_path
Safety network number; see Modules for details.


A project's programs attribute contains a names attribute that evaluates to an iterable of program names, members of which can be used as indices to access program-scoped tags.

>>> prj.programs.names
['MainProgram', 'AnotherProgram']
>>> prj.programs['MainProgram'].tags['a_program_tag'].value = 50


The top-level project contains tag scope objects, such as controller or programs, which provide access to their respective tags. Indexing a scope object with a tag's name will return a tag object providing access to the various properties of the tag. An iterable of tag names can also be acquired from a scope's names attribute.

ctl_tags = prj.controller.tags
tag_names = ctl_tags.names
some_tag = ctl_tags[tag_names[0]]

All tag objects have at least the following attributes:

A string describing the tag's data type, such as DINT or TIMER.
The tag's complete value, the type of which varies based on the tag's type. For base data types this will be a single value, such as an integer, however, container objects are utilized for compound data types such as arrays and UDTs. See documentation below for details. This attribute can be read to acquire the current value or written to set a new value.

The tag's top-level comment. See data type specific documentation for data types which support commenting subelements such as individual array members or integer bits. In addition to normal read/write activities, setting this attribute to None will delete any existing comment.

Recent versions of RSLogix have implemented maintaining comments and descriptions in multiple languages. Adding, removing, or modifying comments with the L5X package will only affect comments in the project's current language. Changing the current language, or manipulating comments in other languages is currently not implemented.

Consumed tags include these additional read/write attributes:

Name of the producing controller.
Remote tag name.


DINT, INT, and SINT data types accept integer values.

prj.controller.tags['dint_tag'].value = 42

Accessing individual bits is available via index notation with a zero-based integer index:

prj.controller.tags['dint_tag'][3].value = 1
prj.controller.tags['dint_tag'][2].description = 'this is bit 2'


Like integers, BOOL data types accept integer values, albeit only 0 or 1.


REAL data types use floating point values. If an integer value is desired, it must first be converted to a float before assignment or a TypeError will be raised. Infinite and not-a-number values may not be used.


Structured data types include UDTs and built-ins such as TIMER. Individual members are accessed using the member's name as an index as follows:

prj.controller.tags['timer']['PRE'].value = 100
prj.controller.tags['timer']['DN'].description = 'done bit'

An iterable set of member identifiers is available with the names attribute:

>>> prj.controller.tags['timer'].names
['PRE', 'ACC', 'TT', 'EN', 'DN']

Accessing the value of the structure as a whole is also possible using dictionaries keyed by member name.

d = {'PRE':0, 'ACC':0, 'EN':0, 'TT':0, 'DN':0}
prj.controller.tags['timer'].value = d


Array elements are accessed with standard index notation using integer indices. Multidimensional arrays use a series of indices, each within their own bracket as opposed to the comma-separated style of RSLogix.

>>> prj.controller.tags['single_dim_array'][3].value = 16
>>> prj.controller.tags['multi_dim_array'][2][5].description
'This is multi_dim_array[2,5]'

The value of entire array is available through the value attribute using lists. Multidimensional arrays use lists of lists and arrays of complex data types are supported, for example an array of UDTs is a list of dicts.

>>> l = [0, 1, 2, 3, 4]
>>> prj.controller.tags['single_dim_array'].value = l
>>> prj.controller.tags['multi_dim_array'].value
[[0, 1], [2, 3], [4, 5]]

An array's dimensions may be read with the shape attribute, which returns a tuple containing the size of each dimension. The following example shows output for a tag of type DINT[4,3,2]. Note the tuple's reversed display order as the number of elements in DimX is placed in shape[X].

>>> prj.controller.tags['array'].shape
(2, 3, 4)

Arrays may also be resized by assigning the shape attribute to a new set of dimensions. Keep in mind the reversed appearance of dimensions described above. Specifying a shape tuple of (x, y, z) will yield an array sized as if Dim0=x, Dim1=y, and Dim2=z were used in the Logix tag dialog. Also the array's element values and descriptions are undefined following a resize operation, even if the new shape is a subset of the original. If original content needs to be retained across a resize, it should be copied to separate variables before assigning a new shape.

>>> prj.controller.tags['DINT_array'].value
[0, 1, 2, 3]
>>> prj.controller.tags['DINT_array'].shape = (2, 2)
>>> prj.controller.tags['DINT_array'].value
[[0, 0], [0, 0]]

Alias Tags

Alias tags have two available attributes:

Same as the description attribute of a regular tag.
A string containing the name of the tag the alias points to. The L5X module does not ensure the target tag exists if the alias_for attribute is altered. Changing the alias_for attribute removes any operand comments the original alias contained. For example, if the alias points to a timer and the alias contained a comment for the PRE member, changing the alias to point to a new tag will remove that comment even if the new tag is also a timer. This does not apply to any comments in the target tags; only the alias comments are affected.
>> prj.controller.tags['alias'].description
'Tag description'
>> prj.controller.tags['alias'].alias_for = 'target_tag'

No other attributes, such as value, are implemented for alias tags, nor can they be indexed to access members of the target data type.


The project's modules attribute provides access to modules defined in the I/O Configuration tree. A list of modules can be obtained with the names attribute.

>> prj.modules.names
['Controller', 'DOUT1', 'ENBT']

Each module is comprised of a set of communication ports identified by a unique integer. Ports feature a read-only type attribute to query the interface type and a read-write address attribute to get or set the type-specific address. A typical example for manipulating the IP address of an Ethernet port, which is usually port 2:

>> prj.modules['ENBT'].ports[2].type
>> prj.modules['ENBT'].ports[2].address = ''

Ports configured for network address translation(NAT) can access the NAT address through the nat_address attribute. NAT addresses can only be read or altered by the L5X module, not enabled or disabled. In other words, the port must first be configured for NAT by RSLogix before the NAT address can be accessed, and the L5X module can not be used to disable NAT.

>> prj.modules['no_nat'].ports[2].nat_address # NAT not configured.
>> prj.modules['ENBT'].ports[2].nat_address
>> prj.modules['ENBT'].ports[2].nat_address = ''

Safety Network Numbers

Safety network numbers for safety modules, including the controller, can be accessed via the snn attribute of either the module or its ports. For modules with a single safety network number, such as safety I/O modules, the snn is an attribute of the module itself. Safety modules with multiple communication ports, such as controllers with integrated Ethernet ports, have multiple safety network numbers, which are attributes of its ports.

Module and port safety network numbers use the same format: a twelve character string representing the hexadecimal safety network number; intervening underscores as seen with RSLogix are stripped away. Acceptable values to set a new number need not be zero padded and may contain intervening underscores, however, it must be a string yielding a hexadecimal number not exceeding 48 bits.

>>> prj.controller.snn # Controller with a single SNN.
>>> prj.controller.ports[0].snn # Controller with multiple, port-specific SNNs.
>>> prj.modules['safe_in'].snn
>>> prj.controller.snn = '42'
>>> prj.modules['safe_out'].snn = '0001_0002_0003'