HackRF Compatible Software

Software with HackRF Support

This is intended to be a list of software known to work with the HackRF. There are three sections, GNU Radio Based software, those that have direct support, and those that can work with data from the HackRF.

GNU Radio Based

GNU Radio Mode-S/ADS-B - https://github.com/bistromath/gr-air-modes

GQRX - http://gqrx.dk/

Direct Support

SDR# (Windows only) - https://airspy.com/download/

SDR_Radio.com V2 - http://v2.sdr-radio.com/Radios/HackRF.aspx

Universal Radio Hacker (Windows/Linux) - https://github.com/jopohl/urh

QSpectrumAnalyzer - https://github.com/xmikos/qspectrumanalyzer

Spectrum Analyzer GUI for hackrf_sweep for Windows - https://github.com/pavsa/hackrf-spectrum-analyzer

Web-based APRS tracker https://xakcop.com/aprs-sdr

Can use HackRF data

Inspectrum https://github.com/miek/inspectrum

  • Capture analysis tool with advanced features

Baudline http://www.baudline.com/ (Can view/process HackRF data, e.g. hackrf_transfer)

HackRF Tools

In addition to third party tools that support HackRF, we provide some commandline tools for interacting with HackRF. For information on how to use each tool look at the help information provided (e.g. hackrf_transfer -h) or the manual pages.

  • hackrf_info Read device information from HackRF such as serial number and firmware version.
  • hackrf_transfer Send and receive signals using HackRF. Input/output files are 8-bit signed quadrature samples.
  • hackrf_sweep, a command-line spectrum analyzer.
  • hackrf_clock Read and write clock input and output configuration.
  • hackrf_operacake Configure Opera Cake antenna switch connected to HackRF.
  • hackrf_spiflash A tool to write new firmware to HackRF. See: Updating Firmware.
  • hackrf_debug Read and write registers and other low-level configuration for debugging.

Handling HackRF data


fid = open('samples.bin',  'r');
len = 1000; % 1000 samples
y = fread(fid, 2*len, 'int8');
y = y(1:2:end) + 1j*y(2:2:end);