Running SDRPlay with gqrx on Ubuntu 18.10

Since a long time, I was trying to get my SDRPlay running with gqrx on Ubuntu. A while ago, I successfully compiled everything I needed, but this lesson took hours and after the next Ubuntu update, it did not work anymore. Now I found a solution that is much easier. I did a lot of other changes on my system in parallel, so I am not 100% sure that the following steps are enough to get it running, but it works now for me.

Here the steps I took:

1) Download and install SDRPlay drivers for Linux (I downloaded the API/HW Driver – v2.13 (20th June 2018))

Install worked like this:

cd Download
chmod +x

2) Add the following lines to /etc/modprobe.d/blacklist.conf :

blacklist sdr_msi3101
blacklist msi001
blacklist msi2500

3) Get gqrx generic binary
Download from
Extract the tar.gz in a folder of your choice

Reboot can’t hurt here.

4) Run gqrx:

cd gqrx-sdr-2.11.5-linux-x64/

Now the SDRPlay should appear in the list of devices.

5 thoughts on “Running SDRPlay with gqrx on Ubuntu 18.10

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  2. hi, i did it as described above, but the rsp1a doesnt appear in the list of devices. The used api is version 3.07.1
    can you please help me – tnx

    • Hi,

      sorry for the late response. The article is quite old and after upgrading to Ubuntu 20 it did not work anymore. At the end I gave up and sold my SDRPlay. The pain of getting it running on Ubuntu was just too much. Sorry, that I can’t help

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