GNU Radio

GNU Radio is a free & open-source software development toolkit that provides signal processing blocks to implement software radios. It can be used with readily-available, low-cost external RF hardware to create software-defined radios, or without hardware in a simulation-like environment. It is widely used in hobbyist, academic, and commercial environments to support both wireless communications research and real-world radio systems.

How to Install GNU Radio

Prebuilt Binaries

The recommended way to install GNU Radio on most platforms is using available binary package distributions.

The following command is for Debian, Ubuntu, and derivatives. Consult your distribution information to obtain the version of GNU Radio which is included.

sudo apt install gnuradio

For other operating systems and versions, see Installing from Binaries


PyBOMBS is good at building GNU Radio, UHD, and various Out of Tree (OOT) modules from source and then installing into a specified user directory rather than in the system files. PyBOMBS detects the user's Operating System and loads all of the prerequisites in the first stage of the build.

For a quick start, open a terminal window and enter the following commands. This will install Release 3.8 with Python3.

sudo -H pip3 install PyBOMBS
pybombs auto-config
pybombs recipes add-defaults
pybombs prefix init ~/gnuradio -R gnuradio-default

Wait. The terminal will show the progress.

To run GNU Radio Companion, enter:

    pybombs run gnuradio-companion

Complete PyBOMBS instructions are in the PyBOMBS README.

From Source

Complete instructions for building Gnuradio from source code are detailed in Installing GR From Source.

Legal Matters

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