Provided by: rtl-sdr_0.5.2.7.3ab6-1_i386
rtl_adsb - a simple ADS-B decoder
Uses a re-purposed DVB-T receiver as a software defined radio to
receive and decode ADS-B data. Written by Kyle Keen and
incorporated in the osmocom rtl-sdr project.
Automatic dependent surveillance-broadcast, ADS-B, consists of position
and other status data transmitted by aircraft in support of air traffic
control in order to improve safety of flight.
Much software is available for the RTL2832. Most of the user-level
packages rely on the librtlsdr library which comes as part of the rtl-
sdr codebase. This codebase contains both the library itself and also a
number of command line tools such as rtl_test, rtl_sdr, rtl_tcp, and
rtl_fm. These command line tools use the library to test for the
existence of RTL2832 devices and to perform basic data transfer
functions to and from the device.
Because most of the RTL2832 devices are connected using USB, the
librtlsdr library depends on the libusb library to communicate with the
With a suitable antenna for receiving the 1090 MHz signal attached to
the rtl-sdr supported device, this program will output the data decoded
from that signal.
rtl_adsb [-R] [-g gain] [-p ppm] [output file]
-d device_index (default: 0)
-V verbove output (default: off)
-S show short frames (default: off)
-Q quality (0: no sanity checks, 0.5: half bit, 1: one bit (default),
2: two bits)
-e allowed_errors (default: 5)
-g tuner_gain (default: automatic)
-p ppm_error (default: 0)
(a '-' dumps samples to stdout)
(omitting the filename also uses stdout)
Streaming with netcat:
rtl_adsb | netcat -lp 8080
while true; do rtl_adsb | nc -lp 8080; done
Streaming with socat:
rtl_adsb | socat -u - TCP4:sdrsharp.com:47806
RTL-SDR wiki documentation: http://sdr.osmocom.org/trac/wiki/rtl-sdr
Other rtl-sdr programs:
rtl_eeprom(1), rtl_fm(1), rtl_sdr(1), rtl_tcp(1), rtl_test(1)
This manual page was written by Maitland Bottoms for the Debian project
(but may be used by others).
Copyright (c) 2013 A. Maitland Bottoms <email@example.com>
This program is free software: you can redistribute it and/or modify it
under the terms of the GNU General Public License as published by the
Free Software Foundation, either version 2 of the License, or (at your
option) any later version.
This program is distributed in the hope that it will be useful, but
WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY; without even the implied warranty of
MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE. See the GNU
General Public License for more details.