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Installing GNU Radio


The recommended way to install GNU radio is via the gnuradio package from your distribution's standard repositories. The development of GNU Radio is extremely fast-paced, and binaries provided by your favorite distribution may be outdated. Do check if the version you're installing is up to date! Sometimes old versions slip into the packaging systems. If you're using an outdated version, don't expect any help on the mailing list! Make sure the version shipped with your distro is not much older than the current GNU Radio release (it should be at least the same minor release, i.e. the second digit should be the same).

Pre-compiled binaries come packaged with your distribution. On Ubuntu and Debian, installing GNU Radio from binaries is as easy as executing:

$ apt-get install gnuradio

On Fedora, run:

$ yum install gnuradio

On other distributions, simply use the appropriate package management command to install the gnuradio package.

If you need newer versions or have different platforms, see the guide on binary packages. We have our own up-to-date versions of GNU Radio for Ubuntu and Fedora, and as well as different platforms such as Windows there.


Binary installers are now available for 3.7.9, download them here.
If you need to install GNU Radio from source refer to the Windows install guide.

Note: We do not officially support Windows. We do our best to provide installation instructions and work out build bugs on Windows when they are reported and patches received. As new versions of GNU Radio, its dependencies, and Windows itself come out, however, keeping all of them working together is beyond the scope of what the project currently supports. User updates to the above wiki installation instructions are very welcome.

Mac OS X

Refer to the Mac OS X install guide page.

Bootable DVD with GNU Radio pre-installed

One can download a fully pre-configured GNURadioLiveDVD that allows trying out GNU Radio without installing GNU Radio onto a PC. To make a permanent installation of GNU Radio, one will still needs to choose from the options described above.

From Source

Binary installation should be sufficient for most users, and certainly anyone who is new to GNU Radio. However, if you have special requirements, or the binary packages are not working for you, you may want to install GNU Radio from source.

Note that running and developing out-of-tree modules does not require GNU Radio to be installed from source. Of course, if you want to hack on GNU Radio itself, you need a source build.

See the Installing From Source wiki page for more details.

OK, it's installed, what now?

If the installation worked without any trouble, you're ready to use GNU Radio! If you have no idea how to do that, read the page on how to use GNU Radio. You probably want to connect some Hardware to your computer to try and receive or transmit stuff. If you or your group would like to get a professional jump start on using GNU Radio and the USRP, Corgan Labs offers a 3-day, hands-on training class that can be held at your own location.