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How to get GNU Radio up and running (the easy way)

This howto explains how to get GNU Radio up und running without installing, compiling, fiddling with OS stuff etc.



  • Get the latest version of Pentoo Linux from You have the choice between “default” and “hardened” versions. For our purpose (just playing with GNU Radio) “default” is recommended.
  • Burn the .iso on a DVD or install it to USB stick and make it bootable
  • Boot your computer from the DVD or USB stick (this will take some time…)
  • When you reach the shell prompt, connect rad1o (which must be turned on!) to your computer (be sure to use the left USB port of rad1o)
  • hackrf_info should show that rad1o was detected (some text like “Found HackRF board”)
  • Now you can use all GNU Radio command line tools like hackrf_transfer
  • If you want to use graphical tools like GNU Radio Companion (grc) or osmocom_fft:
    • startx to start the desktop environment
    • Start GNU Radio Companion (Applications ⇒ FIXME)


  • A working GNU Radio with all of it's tools :-)


Credits to Michael Ossmann (the “Great Scott” LOL) for providing the info (source).

howto/gnuradio_easy.1439550936.txt.gz · Last modified: 2015/08/14 13:15 by mkie