Ubuntu 20.04 LTS

On a fresh Ubuntu 20.04 LTS you need to install Git, Curl and Rust to start working with the FutureSDR code.

sudo apt update

sudo apt install git curl -y

curl -sSf | sh # Install with default settings

Reload bash to make rust and cargo available on the commandline:

. ~/.bashrc

Clone the FutureSDR repository:

git clone

FutureSDR can be used without any SDR devices, but for a lot of fun stuff you need SDR devices. FutureSDR is based on SoapySDR, a Vendor and platform neutral SDR support library. Install it with the following command:

sudo apt install libclang-dev libsoapysdr-dev libsoapysdr-doc soapysdr-tools -y

Now, most of the examples should already compile.

Device specific requirements

Depending on your SDR hardware, you might need to install additional dependencies:


You might want to install rtl-sdr tools and dev libraries for experimenting with your RTL-SDR device. This is not necessarily required, but helpful for debugging, testing etc:

sudo apt install librtlsdr-dev rtl-sdr -y


Installation instructions for BladeRF SDR can be taken from Nuand’s wiki

Install the BladeRF libraries from the Nuand PPA:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:nuandllc/bladerf -y # Add Nuand BladeRF PPA

sudo apt update

sudo apt install libbladerf-dev bladerf -y

Download and upgrade firmware and FPGA images:

sudo apt install bladerf-firmware-fx3 bladerf-fpga-hostedx115 -y # E.g. for BladeRF 1.0 with 115 KLE

bladeRF-cli --flash-firmware /usr/share/Nuand/bladeRF/bladeRF_fw.img # Flash Firmware from repository

bladeRF-cli --flash-fpga /usr/share/Nuand/bladeRF/hostedx115.rbf # Flash FPGA from repository

If your projects require extension boards (e.g. for receiving FM radio) , they have to be enabled first. E.g.:

bladeRF-cli --exec "xb 200 enable"

Check the bBladeRF functionality with the integrated CLI:

bladeRF-cli -p


Feel free to contribute, if you own a Mac.


Hint: Always select the “Add to PATH variable option in the installers”, so the required libraries and binaries are found when compiling FutureSDR programs. To avoid performance issues and warnings (like “FutureSDR: WARN - SoapyVOLKConverters: no VOLK config file found. Run volk_profile for best performance”), please run: volk_profile on your command line.

Base dependencies:

  • Rust
  • Visual Studio 2022 C++ Community Edition

For soapy feature:

  • PhotosSDR for pre-built SDR drivers. Add the path with the DLLs to your PATH variable.
  • bindgen dependencies
  • SDRUno contains the SDRPlay API required to open e.g. RTL-SDR devices