RTL-SDR for Linux Quick-Start Guide

Using an RTL-SDR dongle in Linux isn’t complicated provided one has clear and concise instructions. That’s the goal of this project. As I make additions, updates, corrections and discoveries I’ll upload the .pdf file here. Note this guide was created for Linux Mint 17.3 (and later 18.3) on a desktop PC with an RTL-SDR dongle. These instructions may work under other distributions of Linux. Or they may not. I’ve confirmed the procedure with a Nooelec dongle, also an RTL based unit. If your SDR is not based on the RTL chipset then the driver installation will be different.


RTL-SDR for Linux Quick Start Guide, First Edition v10-16.

rtl-sdr4linux_quickstart (v10-16)



RTL-SDR for Linux Quick Start Guide, Second Edition v2-18.




-Ken Ranous


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