Simple to use ADSB Feeder Images
(not just) for common Single Board Computers
The easiest way to track nearby aircraft with your own hardware and share with others
There are several ways to use the ADS-B Feeder Image, depending on where and how you want to run things. When in doubt, the SBC Image should always be your first choice. That's what gets tested the most, what typically is the easiest to use and has the fewest pitfalls.
  • Start with one of the supported single board computers.
  • Add an SDR radio dongle and an antenna
  • Download the matching SD-card image and write it to an SD-card
  • Boot your SBC and wait a little while (depending on the model and the specific image this usually takes a few minutes, but in some cases this can take 15 to 20 minutes)
  • If you have wired Ethernet, or were able to configure WiFi using your Image writing software (pretty much only available for the Raspberry Pi image that isn't DietPi based - and even there this capability is rumored to go away) simply go to http://adsb-feeder.local or (if you don't have working mDNS on your home network) to which should redirect you to your new ADS-B feeder.
  • If you are planning to use WiFi and weren't able to configure that while writing the SD card, the image will create a WiFi hotspot that you can connect to in order to enter the credentials for it to connect to your WiFi network. More details for this on our Hotspot Page
A full walk through of the process with much more detailed instructions is on the HowTo Page.
  • On current versions of DietPi, this is as simple as using dietpi-software and searching for app number 141 (or for ADS-B Feeder).
  • Once you install that application, you can connect to the web UI via http://{local name or IP}:1099
  • Of course, you still need a supported SDR and an antenna connected to the DietPi system.
  • On most recent Debian / Ubuntu based Linux systems running on ARM64 or x86 systems, you can install the ADS-B Feeder Image as an app
  • curl | sudo bash
  • Or, more reasonably, download the shell script, read and review what it does, and then run it as root
  • Of course, you still need a supported SDR and an antenna connected to the Linux system

Some screenshots
ADS-B Feeder Homepage
ADS-B Feeder Basic Setup screen
ADS-B Feeder Map
ADS-B Feeder Graphs and Statistics
Once you are up and running with the web UI
The first page the Feeder will show you is the basic setup page. Here you can:
  • Give your feeder station a name (used for the map website and aggregator MLAT graphs).
  • Enter the physical location of the antenna (there is a link to a useful tool if you need help finding the correct latitude, longitude, and elevation).
  • Enter the time zone (again, there's a button to make this straight forward).
  • Select the initial set of aggregators your want to send data to.
  • Click on Setup - unless you decided to manually select aggregators or have multiple SDRs or some other unusual circumstances, this is all it takes to get started. Next the web UI will redirect you to the ADS-B Feeder home page from where you can manage your feeder station.
For those who prefer that format, we even have a short video that shows the steps described above.
For help, questions, or to see the source code

We haven't seen an ADS-B image from your IP address connect to our server. If you have booted your single board computer with the image and still get this message, please take a look at the troubleshooting section in our FAQ.