DragonOS: Debian Linux with Preinstalled Open Source SDR Software

Thank you to Aaron for submitting news about his latest project called "DragonOS" which he's been working on while in COVID-19 lock down. DragonOS is a Debian Linux based operating system which comes with many open source software defined radio programs pre-installed. It supports SDRs like the RTL-SDR, HackRF and LimeSDR.

Aaron's video below shows how to set up DragonOS in a VirtualBox, and he has two other videos on his channel showing how to set up ADS-B reception with Kismet, and how to run GR-RDS in GNURadio. He aims to continue with more tutorial videos that make use of the software installed on DragonOS in the near future.

DragonOS 10 Installer (download in description)

Screenshot of the GR-RDS Tutorial
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Four downloads. all say “The last block was not fully written (-1 of 1,048,576 bytes)!
Aborting.” when trying to write to Iso Image writer.


Having problem with sound and bluetooth on a raspberry pi4


Same here!!!!! Im ready to give up on it.


Really great distro for SDR and a beginners 🙂


For raspberry pi 4,
Marine navigation and ham radio OS


Chanchal Sakarde

Does this support BladeRF 2.0


No matter what I’m trying to install onto hdd using live installer with no luck. After create a new partition and follow instruction in the youtube channel still unsuccessfull. No MBR appear to install grub. Only root is appear eventhough I trying many times to reinstall through delete partition, create a new partition using gparted. Is there any idea?


I have EXACTLY the same issue, and no solution found yet.

noam yehezkel

you probebly have the same problem like me your cpu is i686 and this is different then the 32/64 bit cpu i have another computer and the install woked perfecly


or go with SigintOS its Ubuntu Linux that has all the military grade Signals tools rebuilt on it and you can use it on a USB without needing to install. also has imsi catcher-catcher and some proprietary tools from SigintOS. Im sure you have all heard of this Distro

A few of the major tools——-> SigintOS-Tool, GnuRadio, YateBTS, srsLTE, Gqrx, IMSI Catcher


Here’s the Sourceforge page.

Personally I find it’s usually easier to install stuff yourself onto a common distro such as Ubuntu, because many SDR tools age quite quickly, but I do see the attraction of having everything built in, having spent many hours “happily” getting gnuradio to work 😉


Where I download?


weather satellite decoding?


Hi, very good linux for sailors & ham’s -I recomended navigatrix. http://www.navigatrix.net.
Regards Stanley.sp5ugx