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What is Flint

Flint is a GUI companion for BLISS for online data visualization.

It built based on silx (ScIentific Library for eXperimentalists) and Qt (Qt).

It mostly provides live display of BLISS scans, custom plotting which can be written in BLISS scripts and few graphic helpers.

Live display of scans

Flint listens to scan data source to know if there’s something to display. The chart type is automatically determined using information stored in the scan (we talk about scan info).

The data display is updated in real time following the update of our database Redis, and the refresh rate enforced by the user for each plots.

Here is the list of supported charts

Custom plotting

Flint provides to BLISS an API to create and interact with charts remotely.

Automatic start

When Flint is running, it will automatically display live scans.

If the session is configured for (which is the case for the demo session), Flint will be started by the invocation of any standard scan command.

It can be enabled this way: = True


Here is the available commands which can be used from the BLISS shell.

Start and stop

From BLISS shell, few basic interaction with Flint are provided.

To invoke or retrieve a proxy to interact with Flint you can use:



If there is a fail to find or to create Flint, this method will raise an exception.

The returned object provides few methods to close the application:

f = flint()
f.close()    # request a normal close of the application
f.kill()     # kill
f.kill9()    # kill -9

Set the focus

If your window manager provides this feature, you can force the focus on the application this way:

f = flint()