This software requires an RTL-SDR USB dongle with an RTL2832U chip in order run. Here's a few that I like:
Disclaimer: I'm trying out the Amazon Affiliate Program to support my free open source work. So if you decide to buy an RTL-SDR dongle using one of the links above I'll be grateful (the search link should work as well).
For more information about buying RTL-SDR dongles, check out the RTL-SDR.com blog buyers guide.
This software also requires that you have Node.js and librtlsdr installed on your system. You can install librtlsdr with most package managers which will ensure you have the right dependencies.
brew install librtlsdr
Debian based Linux distros:
apt-get install librtlsdr-dev
The easiest way to run AirplaneJS is using the
npx command that you'll
have availble if you have Node.js 8+ installed. Simply plug in your
RTL-SDR dongle and type:
This will download and run AirplaneJS without any hassle.
When AirplaneJS successfully have connected to the USB dongle, your default browser should automatically open to http://localhost:3000.
Alternatively install the module globally like in the old days:
npm install airplanejs -g
The following options are available when running
--help- Show help (alias:
--version- Output AirplaneJS version (alias:
--device <index>- Select RTL dongle (alias:
--frequency <hz>- Set custom frequency (alias:
--gain <gain>- Set custom tuner gain (alias:
--auto-gain- Disable manual tuner gain (default: off)
--enable-agc- Use Automatic Gain Control (default: off)
--port <port>- Set custom HTTP server port (alias:
--no-browser- Disable automatic opening of default browser