SDRplay RSP2/RSP2pro on Linux a Nightmare

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      I once had the RSP2/RSP2pro installed and running on an Ubuntu 18 machine. It worked well.

      Last fall I reinstalled Ubuntu 18 on that machine. Everything works well except the RSP2pro and CubicSDR will not successfully install after months of off and on trying.

      Today I tried again. Using the instructions from, which was edited 7 hours ago (04/23/2021), I still have no luck.

      I’m not new to Linux. I’ve got a BSIT, Linux+, S+, CISSP, etc. Ubuntu 18 LTS is my daily driver on 3 workstations. I use Debian, Ubuntu, Kali and godforsaken Win 10 LTSC in innumerable VM instances. I make a living running Kali. Just saying.

      I’m wondering if cjcliffe left a few ‘cd’ commands out in the procedure. For example between ‘Build and install SoapySDR’ and ‘Build and install liquid-dsp’ sections. Taking the prompt as a cue I reverted to ~/ before ‘Build and install liquid-dsp’.

      I’m also wondering if incomplete removal of previous install failures is to blame. I manually removed everything I could find.

      Any ideas? Anyone successfully do a recent Linux install?

      Here are a few of the issues:

      wxWidgets-3.1.5$ ./configure –with-opengl –disable-glcanvasegl –disable-shared –enable-monolithic –with-libjpeg –with-libtiff –with-libpng –with-zlib –disable-sdltest –enable-unicode –enable-display –enable-propgrid –disable-webkit –disable-webview –disable-webviewwebkit –prefix=echo ~/Develop/wxWidgets-staticlib CXXFLAGS=”-std=c++0x”

      configure: error: unrecognized options: –disable-webkit

      ./configure –with-opengl –disable-glcanvasegl –disable-shared –enable-monolithic –with-libjpeg –with-libtiff –with-libpng –with-zlib –disable-sdltest –enable-unicode –enable-display –enable-propgrid –disable-webkit –disable-webview –disable-webviewwebkit –prefix=echo ~/Develop/wxWidgets-staticlib CXXFLAGS=”-std=c++0x”

      configure: error: unrecognized options: –disable-webkit

      ~/CubicSDR/build$ cmake ../ -DCMAKE_BUILD_TYPE=Release -DwxWidgets_CONFIG_EXECUTABLE=~/Develop/wxWidgets-staticlib/bin/wx-config

      — HAMLIB was not found.
      CMake Error at CMakeLists.txt:99 (message):
      hamlib development files not found…

      — Configuring incomplete, errors occurred!
      See also “/home/ilektranik/CubicSDR/build/CMakeFiles/CMakeOutput.log”.


      make: *** No targets specified and no makefile found. Stop.


      bash: ./CubicSDR: No such file or directory


        looks like the config flag ‘–disable-webkit’ is no longer supported in wxWidgets version 3.1.5.

        I ran ‘configure’ with this command and it finished without errors:

        ./configure --with-opengl --disable-glcanvasegl --disable-shared --enable-monolithic --with-libjpeg --with-libtiff --with-libpng --with-zlib --disable-sdltest --enable-unicode --enable-display --enable-propgrid --disable-webview --disable-webviewwebkit --prefix=/usr/local CXXFLAGS="-std=c++0x"

        Hope this helps,


          This is what I did to get CubicSDR running on a fresh install of Ubuntu 18.04.3

          sudo apt-get update
          sudo apt-get upgrade
          sudo apt-get install build-essential
          sudo apt-get install libsoapysdr0.6
          sudo apt-get install libsoapysdr-dev
          sudo apt-get install libopenal-dev
          sudo apt-get install libliquid-dev
          sudo apt-get install freeglut3
          sudo apt-get install freeglut3-dev
          sudo apt-get install libalut0
          sudo apt-get install libalut-dev
          sudo apt-get install cubicsdr

          some of the steps are not needed, but they do not hurt.


            That works well to install CubicSDR and is short and sweet.

            The problem being that although the RSP2PRO is present, as shown by lsusb, CubicSDR cannot find it.

            SoapySDRUtil –find shows No Devices found!

            export LD_LIBRARY_PATH=/usr/local/lib

            SoapySDRUtil –find shows No Devices found!

            Back where I was after many hours spent on the instructions from last April.


              I am running Centos 7 and trying to install the SDRPLAY software.

              Get the “HAMLIB not found” error amoung a many others.

              Two of the additional troubles i am having is can’t get apt or apt-get to work nor cmake-essentials (though i installed the CENTOS equivalent).

              Any one else out there successfully get SDRPLAY running under Cento or RHEL?

              Thanks in advance.




                The extremely competent Kevin Loughin, KB9RLW, has a new procedure using the latest Soapy. Had my RSP2Pro running with CubicSDR in a jiffy after a year of being unable to resolve all the drivers, etc. due to Ubuntu updates (I believe).


                A simple script to get SDRPlay hardware running on Linux.

                He speaketh the truth.




                  I have installed SDRPlay stuff (Soapy, CubicSDR, etc) on several Linux systems over the past year or so in getting linux to play nicely with my RSPa1. All have been ultimately successful after a little effort…

                  Most recently, I am using Debian Testing as my preferred Linux addiction.
                  The Soapy and frontend programmes are all in the default Debian software repository – just the SDRPlay specific stuff is not.
                  This required my most recent software installation for which I used the “Build Scripts 0.2” tools from the web site.
                  Provided are 8 build/install scripts; they worked flawlessly and are much easier to use then doing a manual build/install.
                  I only needed the “Install API” and “BuildSoapy” scripts for my purposes thus far.

                  As a front end, I have settled on gqrx as my preferred choice. It is very simple to use yet works flawlessly; it has all the frequently used options and is controllable from Hamlib with a little patch interface (gqrx<>Hamblib) and/or its own server port. You can redirect its output to a Virtual audio sink for other programs to pick up. CubicSDR is a little more clunky uses more resources – it also has a bug that causes it to slow down after a variable time of use. sdrpp also works fine but is a bit more quirky… YMMV!

                  My current setup has a couple of radios (IC-7300 and IC-7100), gqrx, CQRLog, HAMlib (for radio and rotator control), gpredict (satellites), wsjtx, fldigi and xwxtoimg all working in tandem and talking to each other as needed. The only thing not yet automated is occasional antenna switching.

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