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Installing dump1090 fa

wiedehopf edited this page Jun 28, 2019 · 16 revisions
  • Alternative to manual installation: Automatic-installation-for-dump1090-fa

  • Manual installation and configuring location is explained on this page.

  • skip to "dump1090-fa package installation" if you don't use FR24

1. fr24feed settings for people using it:


Fix readonly problems with pi24 image:

mount -o remount,rw /
sed -i -e 's?$(mount | grep " on / " | grep rw)?{ mount | grep " on / " | grep rw; }?' /usr/lib/fr24/

Open the fr24feed settings:

sudo nano /etc/fr24feed.ini

Change the first 5 lines except for the fr24key to the values shown below:


Ctrl-o and enter to save, Ctrl-x to exit

To activate the settings, restart fr24feed:

sudo systemctl restart fr24feed

2. dump1090-fa package installation


(piaware will not be installed, the piaware-repository is where apt install will get the dump1090-fa package from)

Execute the following commands:

sudo dpkg -i piaware-repository_3.7.1_all.deb
sudo apt update
sudo apt upgrade -y
sudo apt remove -y dump1090-mutability
sudo apt remove -y dump1090
sudo rm /etc/lighttpd/conf-enabled/89-dump1090.conf
sudo apt install -y dump1090-fa

You should now have the map available at the IP-address of your pi: http://IP-address/dump1090-fa/

3. configuring dump1090-fa gain


Open the configuration file:

sudo nano /etc/default/dump1090-fa

In this line:

RECEIVER_OPTIONS="--device-index 0 --gain -10 --ppm 0 --net-bo-port 30005"

change the number after gain, -10 is the maximum, 49 is the next lower value you can try. (further advice which gain to use:

Available gain settings:

0.0 0.9 1.4 2.7 3.7 7.7 8.7 12.5 14.4 15.7 16.6 19.7 20.7 22.9 25.4
28.0 29.7 32.8 33.8 36.4 37.2 38.6 40.2 42.1 43.4 43.9 44.5 48.0 49.6 -10

Ctrl-o and enter to save, Ctrl-x to exit

Then restart dump1090-fa to apply the new gain:

sudo systemctl restart dump1090-fa

4. configuring dump1090-fa location


You can also configure your location to have the map navigate there automatically when you open the page:

sudo nano /etc/default/dump1090-fa

Add lat and lon to the decoder options line like in the following example:

DECODER_OPTIONS="--lat 50.1 --lon 10.0 --max-range 360"

Ctrl-o and enter to save, Ctrl-x to exit

Then restart dump1090-fa to apply the settings:

sudo systemctl restart dump1090-fa

5. Troubleshooting dump1090-fa

To check if everything worked, you can take a look at the log:

sudo journalctl -e -u dump1090-fa
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