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A robust version of the JPEG image format, for transmission over an unreliable medium.
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Latest commit 421a9be @fsphil The decoder now auto detects packets without FEC.
Add a verbose option to print data about each packet.


SSDV - simple command line app for encoding / decoding SSDV image data

Created by Philip Heron <>

A robust packetised version of the JPEG image format.

Uses the Reed-Solomon codec written by Phil Karn, KA9Q.


$ ssdv -e -c TEST01 -i ID input.jpeg output.bin

This encodes the 'input.jpeg' image file into SSDV packets stored in the 'output.bin' file. TEST01 (the callsign, an alphanumeric string up to 6 characters) and ID (a number from 0-255) are encoded into the header of each packet. The ID should be changed for each new image transmitted to allow the decoder to identify when a new image begins.

The output file contains a series of SSDV packets, each packet always being 256 bytes in length. Additional data may be transmitted between each packet, the decoder will ignore this.


$ ssdv -d input.bin output.jpeg

This decodes a file 'input.bin' containing a series of SSDV packets into the JPEG file 'output.jpeg'.


Only JPEG files are supported, with the following limitations:

 - YUV/YCbCr colour format
 - Width and height must be a multiple of 16 (up to a resolution of 4080 x 4080)
 - Baseline DCT only
 - The total number of MCU blocks must not exceed 65535




* Allow the decoder to handle multiple images in the input stream.
* Experiment with adaptive or multiple huffman tables.
* Quality setting (4 bit / 16 quality levels).

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