Installing GQRX on OSX El Capitan

OSX users often don’t have much choice when it comes to general purpose SDR receiver software for the RTL-SDR or other SDR’s. However, one program that works well on Macs is GQRX. Installing GQRX on OSX can sometimes be difficult as the most common installation method involves using Macports, which won’t always work depending on the version of OSX you are using.

Recently, OSX and RTL-SDR user smittix wrote in to use to let us know that there is now a very easy way for El Capitan OSX users to install GQRX. Basically the GQRX team have now released a DMG file which can be downloaded and installed just like most other easy to use applications. Using the DMG file smittix was able to get up and running within 5 minutes.

GQRX running on El Capitan OSX
GQRX running on El Capitan OSX

2 comments

  1. gm

    OSX users often don’t have much choice when it comes to general purpose SDR receiver software for the RTL-SDR or other SDR’s.

    I don’t think that’s true – you’ve got gqrx, gr-fosphor, SDR-DX and CubicSDR – the only thing you’re missing is SDR#, and that doesn’t do anything the others don’t.

    IMO though you should be using CubicSDR over gqrx – it’s a lot nicer and I’ve never seen such a smooth waterfall.

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