dump1090 is software that will decode ADS-B transmissions from nearby aircraft. ADS-B transmissions include information like aircraft tail number, latitude, longitude, airspeed and other telemetry data.
Your degree of success will depend on which SDR device you have. The NooElec NESDR Mini 2 is cheap and pretty good, though.
- A Mac. This software also runs on Linux, and I believe, Windows, but the instructions may be different.
- A supported SDR device.
- XCode installed and updated
- Homebrew installed.
- Open Terminal.
brew updateand then
brew install librtlsdr.
git clone https://github.com/antirez/dump1090.git
- Do a
cd dump1090and then run
make. You should soon have a
dump1090executable in the current directory.
- Plug your SDR USB device into your Mac.