Instant GNU Radio
A customizable, programmatically generated VM and live environment for GNU Radio. Download the VM and get started!
- OVA VM appliance can be imported in all main virtualization solutions or
dded on a USB drive.
- Based on Ubuntu 18.04 w/ GNOME 3.
- Two step build process: first create a base image, then extend it with SDR stuff.
- Easy to brand for your own courses/workshops. Just replace the wallpaper in the
assetsfolder, for example.
- Software: GNU Radio, GQRX, gr-ieee-***, ...
- Fosphor support!
- Hardware: HackRF, RTL-SDR, BladeRF, Pluto, UHD; properly setup with udev rules and downloaded images.
- Productivity: Git, Meld, VIM, Spacemacs, ...
- Favorite applications (in the sidebar) are set to GNU Radio Companion, GQRX, GNU Radio Wiki, ...
- Sane VM defaults (USB, 3D acceleration, audio, shared clipboard, etc.).
- Ready for offline use.
- CPU governors are set to performance.
- No annoying crash reports dialogs.
- No screen blanking.
user: gnuradio password: gnuradio
ssh -p2222 gnuradio@localhost
You might want to add something like this to your SSH config (
Host vm Hostname localhost User gnuradio Port 2222 UserKnownHostsFile /dev/null StrictHostKeyChecking no
With this config, you can login with
ssh vm and your password.
VirtualBox and VMWare use different network interfaces, which results in different names for the Ethernet controller. If the network is not automatically configured use
ip link show to figure out the device name of the interface and adapt the
ethernets section of
If you want to rebuild and customize the environment, read on...
Instant GNU Radio requires packer and VirtualBox including the Extension Pack.
On Debian-like systems, the following packets will do the trick:
sudo apt install packer sudo apt install virtualbox virtualbox-ext-pack
On Ubuntu, your user should be in the
sudo usermod -a -G vboxusers <your username>
You have to logout and login again for the changes to take effect.
Note: You have to be online to build the image.
Then, just run:
to check if all dependencies are satisfied. Once
configure has successfully run, type
to build the virtual machine. The output will be in the
Note that there is a
base file and a
gnuradio file. If you make changes to your
gnuradio.json you can save time by only rebuilding the latter by running
Customizing the Virtual Machines
VM configurations are defined in the packer configuration files
More information on how to customize the virtual machines can be found on the packer website.
TBD. See the