SDRPlay on Mac OSX

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SDRPlay on Mac OSX

Postby dur0n » Thu Jun 04, 2015 7:34 am

Hello,
Can you please guide me on installing SDRPlay drivers on Mac OSX Yosemite? I downloaded the archive containing the shared library and the include file, however there is no documentation on what should I do with those files. I tried copying them to /opt/local/lib and /opt/local/include folders (from Mac Ports), but gr-osmosdr sink is unable to find "a suitable device". The arguments for osmosdr is "sdrplay", as stated here: http://sdr.osmocom.org/trac/wiki/GrOsmoSDR .
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Re: SDRPlay on Mac OSX

Postby sdrplay » Thu Jun 04, 2015 8:18 am

Hi,

The API has been provided on the Mac as we have customers using it, so we can say that it works.

It's a *nix base system so you should be able to follow the Linux installation guide, but gr-osmosdr has not been tested on the Mac platform.

For gr-osmosdr to find the API, the .so and .h will need to be in /usr/local/lib and /usr/local/include and be called

/usr/local/lib/libmirsdrapi-rsp-1.1.so

with symbolic links to /usr/local/lib/libmirsdrapi-rsp.so and /usr/local/lib/libmir_sdr.so

/usr/local/include/mirsdrapi-rsp.h

We are in the process of adding more platform support and will revisit the Mac platform to improve the installer and check out the gr-osmosdr flow.

Best regards,

SDRplay
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Re: SDRPlay on Mac OSX

Postby dur0n » Thu Jun 04, 2015 1:12 pm

Thanks for guidance, but it still does not work. It is strange that I cannot see anything going on on system.log when I insert the SDR Play device. Maybe the gr-osmosdr library in Mac Ports is not upgraded (yet) to the supported SDRPlay version.
Looking forward for news regarding SDRPlay on Mac!
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Re: SDRPlay on Mac OSX

Postby sdrplay » Thu Jun 04, 2015 4:38 pm

The only version of gr-osmosdr that has SDRplay support in will be the official release as far as we know (http://sdr.osmocom.org/trac/wiki/GrOsmoSDR)

If you would like us to check a specific version, post the link and we'll confirm whether the support is there.

Best regards,

SDRplay
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Re: SDRPlay on Mac OSX

Postby NN4F » Fri Jun 05, 2015 5:06 am

The users you say you have using the mac, what software are they running GQRX? or something else?
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Re: SDRPlay on Mac OSX

Postby sdrplay » Fri Jun 05, 2015 6:16 am

Hi NN4F,

They are writing their own software using the API. If they are developing for general use we will ask them to publish information on here when they have something to share.

Best regards,

SDRplay
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Re: SDRPlay on Mac OSX

Postby dur0n » Fri Jun 05, 2015 7:10 am

I created a custom gnuradio-companion flow for a simple FM receiver, just to test if I can connect to SDRPlay and start it up.
I am using Mac OSX 10.10.3, with Mac Ports up to date and the following ports:
gnuradio @3.7.7.1
gr-osmosdr @20150601
And, of course, as in the post above, the sdrplay library downloaded from sdrplay website.
The intention is to use GQRX, but until I am sure that I can start it up in gnuradio, it does not make any sense to try configuring GQRX.
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Re: SDRPlay on Mac OSX

Postby sdrplay » Fri Jun 05, 2015 4:17 pm

Hi dur0n,

I've just checked mac ports and the release of gr-osmosdr used does not contain SDRplay support. It looks like it needs to be updated from the official gr-osmosdr distribution which DOES have SDRplay support.

Best regards,

SDRplay
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Re: SDRPlay on Mac OSX

Postby dur0n » Fri Jun 05, 2015 9:21 pm

I was already afraid of that. I am really looking forward for an update for gr-osmosdr on mac so I can use my SDRPlay on this platform. Thanks again!
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Re: SDRPlay on Mac OSX

Postby TonyHoyle » Sat Jun 06, 2015 11:45 am

I'd be interested to know if anyone got it going.. gqrx just hangs when I try to run it & has to be force terminated.
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