Installing dump1090 ADSB Decoder Tool on Ubuntu (16.04 LTS)

In addition to the ADS-B receivers I have setup, I wanted a similar setup the I could use on my netbook in a portable situation. After searching google and the sites that relate to ADS-B I managed to find the following and put it into action and I find that I works very very well.

I will be taking it with me on my trips to the local airport and on holidays with me so I can watch the sky’s and with my radio’s listen to the Pilots talking to Ground Controllers. This will take my aviation watching hobby to the next level and give me an insight that is not normally available.

Follow the instructions below and you too can enjoy the same level as I do.

Installing dump1090 for the RTLSDR dongle

Download dump1090
Download dump1090 zip file from github:

Install Prerequisites
$ sudo apt-get install librtlsdr0 librtlsdr-dev

Install dump1090
$ cd dump1090-master
$ make

Using dump1090
1. Start dump1090 in interactive mode with the plane plotting option
$ ./dump1090 --interactive --net

2. Plane details will appear in this terminal window

3. Open your browser to see the planes plotted:

Fixing Install Errors
Note: having librtlsdr-dev installed fixes this error:

[email protected]:~/dump1090-master$ make
Package librtlsdr was not found in the pkg-config search path.
Perhaps you should add the directory containing `librtlsdr.pc’
to the PKG_CONFIG_PATH environment variable
No package ‘librtlsdr’ found
cc -O2 -g -Wall -W -c dump1090.c
dump1090.c:46:21: fatal error: rtl-sdr.h: No such file or directory
compilation terminated.
Makefile:9: recipe for target ‘dump1090.o’ failed
make: *** [dump1090.o] Error 1