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Starting with release 3.8, XML replaces YAML as the file format for GNU Radio Companion. This is triggered by switching from Cheetah to Mako as the templating engine, since Cheetah does not support Python 3. Specifically, this will impact .grc files, block descriptions and block tree files. This article won’t focus on the .grc files, because they aren’t meant for manual editing.

The most notable change is of course the absence of XML’s angle brackets in favour of YAML’s colon-separated keys and values, and the change in file names for blocks. The latter is important for GRC to recognise the file. Namely, the “.xml” ending has been replaced with “.block.yml” for block descriptions and the underscore in block tree files has been replaced with a dot. (For example, “qtgui_tree.xml” becomes “qtgui.tree.yml”)

The content of the block descriptions is still the same, although it has been shuffled around a bit. The parts are elaborated below, in the order they should appear in the files.

Block Descriptions


id: blocks_multiply_const_vxx
label: Multiply Const

-   id: type
label: IO Type

The ID is unique for each block and is used to identify it.


id: blocks_multiply_const_vxx
label: Multiply Const

-   id: type
label: IO Type

The label is simply the human-readable name of the block, and will be visible from within GRC. It will not appear in the generated code.

Flags (optional)

id: blocks_throttle
label: Throttle
flags: throttle

-   id: type
label: Type

The flags indicate special attributes of the block. The only current example of this is the throttle flag, which is used in the Throttle and hardware blocks. For more information on throttling, see the Guided Tutorial: [1]




Asserts (optional)

    dtype: ${ type }
    vlen: ${ vlen }

- ${ vlen > 0 }

    imports: from gnuradio import blocks
make: blocks.throttle(${type.size}*${vlen}, ${samples_per_second},${ignoretag})

Asserts (previously known as "checks" for the XML blocks) are expressions that need to be true, otherwise GRC won't let you generate the flowgraph.





File Format


Variable Make

Variable Value

Block Tree Files