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 are reported to work under other distributions of Linux such as Raspberry Pi and Ubuntu but I haven’t tested it personally. I’ve confirmed the procedure with a Nooelec and RTL dongles. If your SDR is not based on the RTL chipset then the driver installation will be different.

Most issues I’ve heard back about involve blacklisting drivers. If it’s not working, double-check your work. For further support, visit the forums at https://rtl-sdr.com/forum for assistance from a supportive community of enthusiasts.


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.



Thanks for tuning in!


-Ken Ranous


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