Controls Software Documentation

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This page exists to collect links to documentation about the instrument control system EPICS, its modules and related libraries (synApps, areaDetector), as used at the Advanced Photon Source.

Documentation referenced should be appropriate for beamline scientists, as opposed to only EPICS developers. New deployments should prefer EPICSv7, the latest release series.

See also the extensive resources from past EPICS Collaboration meetings.


synApps (aka EPICS Support)


Deploying, troubleshooting, and maintaining IOCs

Pre-built IOCs

Docker images

Virtual Machines

Maintaining Documentation

APS ESAF & Proposal - Read-only interface


Bluesky Framework

Bluesky at APS

Python Display Manager PyDM

Python support

Channel Access

PV Access