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ADS-B: Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast

You can find some excellent descriptions of the system here:

ADS-B Technologies (Commercial site)

ADS-B FAQ (Commercial site)

ADS-B on Wikipedia

There are several professional ADS-B receivers on the market for use by pilots and commercial enterprises, too many to list here. This article will try to cover amateur-level ADS-B reception, decoding, and plotting/viewing solutions.

Decoding, Plotting, and Sharing Software

PlanePlotter RTL-SDR and multiple receivers supported. Plots, shares, and can feed other software. The de facto standard software package for decoding ACARS/ADS-B/Mode S/HF Selcal, sharing, plotting, alerting, multilateration, and Beamfinding. (Free for 30 days, then Paid. Free licenses available via FlightAware) (Windows)

Dump1090 Dump1090 is a Mode S decoder specifically designed for RTLSDR devices. It can interface with a large number of devices including RTL dongles, Kinetic SBS1/SBS3 products, and more (Free) (Mac/Linux)

ADSB Spy For use with AirSpy, decode-only, no plotting capability (Free) (Windows, Linux) (Raspberry Pi)

RTL1090 RTL-SDR-based, decode-only, no plotting capability (Free) (Windows)

Globe-S RTL1090 Edition Designed to plot location data and flight list from RTL1090 output. (Free) (Windows)

FlightAware provides free licenses for PlanePlotter (above) in exchange for feeding data to FlightAware. Users receive free premium accounts and can track ADS-B participation (Free) (Windows, Linux, Raspberry Pi (based on dump1090), and Android)

Flightradar24 Users are entitled to a Premium account on the Flightradar24 tracking site in exchange for sharing ADS-B data. ADS-B data is sent to their servers, and is plotted on their web site on a Google-based map. Users in sparse coverage areas may be eligible to receive ADS-B monitoring equipment from Flightradar24 in exchange for an agreement to share ADS-B data. (Free) (Windows, Linux, Raspberry Pi 1 and 2)

Virtual Radar Server Decodes from several ADS-B receivers or can accept networked data feed. Serves a Google Maps-based display of aircraft positions and flight list. (Free) (Windows)

adsbScope Supports several hardware and software decoder arrangements. (Free) (Windows)

Cocoa1090 RTL-SDR-based (Free) (Mac OS X)

Additional Listings

For other RTL-SDR solutions, see the Big List of RTL-SDR Supported Software. Some of the packages listed here may work with other SDR hardware.

Hardware Decoders (all PlanePlotter-compatible)

Mode-S Beast


Kinetic SBS-3

AirNav RadarBox

PlaneGadget Radar

Aurora Virtual Radar 3D/SSRx

miniADSB Kit


RxControl Kit

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