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Plugins allow the user to seamlessly access 3rd party software and enjoy exciting new capabilities.

There are 2 types of plugin:

  • Those which were developed by SDRplay – these come preinstalled with SDRuno.
  • Those developed by the community (also called 3rd party plugins) – these are continuously being developed and may be installed individually at any time. There is also a “Community plugin installer” (included with SDRuno) which is updated periodically with the latest available community plugins. This means that you have control if and when you choose to install any community plugins.

The following video explains how to install community plugins: https://youtu.be/fZT5EODa9K4

Plugins are accessed via a plugin control panel. The Plugin Control panel displays both the plugins that are delivered with SDRuno and plugins that come from other sources and placed in a user defined location.

The latest version of the SDRuno manual has more information about accessing plugins on page 27:  https://www.sdrplay.com/docs/SDRplay_SDRuno_User_Manual.pdf


Please note some of these are working demos and are not perfect.  If you find bugs in a particular plugin, or as a result of using the plugin you find that there are problems with SDRuno,  it has no reflection on the stability of SDRuno.

These are installed by default with SDRuno but they may be updated if needed by going to downloads and choosing “SDRuno Plugins”, then “SDRplay SDRuno plugin installer”

DAB Plugin
This is for reception of DAB and DAB+ broadcast signals. DAB (Digital Audio Broadcasting) is a digital radio standard used in many countries around the world (excluding the USA)

Click here for the  written guide to the DAB Plugin and here for the video guide

DXCluster Plugin
This new plugin displays DX cluster callsigns on the SDRuno spectrum display. A DX cluster is a network of computers, each running a software package dedicated to gathering, and disseminating, information on amateur radio DX activities. With this plugin you can overlay the DX cluster callsigns as they pop up.   There’s a choice of how long you let them display and you can control the way in which they appear.

Click here for the guide to the DXCluster Plugin and here for a video guide

Audio Recorder plugin
The Audio Recorder plugin records the currently tuned signal (VFO) for the selected Virtual Receiver (VRX). The plugin will output the audio in either PCM WAV or MP3 format

Click here for the guide to the Audio Recorder Plugin and here for the video guide

MPX Output plugin
The MPX Output plugin sends the 192 kHz FM stream to an RDS application such as RDS Spy

Click here for the video guide


As shown in the video mentioned above, all the latest community plugins can be downloaded by going to downloads and choosing SDRuno Plugins, then “Community Plugins for SDRuno” . Alternatively, you can download individual plugins for the links below or other sources.     

Here are some of the 3rd Party plugins are available:

Contour Shuttle Plugin controller plugin (The plugin works with the latest Plugins version 2 and SDRuno 1.40.2)

This Contour Shuttle Plugin gives you the ability to control your SDRuno application with your own shuttle device. This plugin works with the Contour Shuttle Express, Pro and Pro V2.    It’s now included with the latest SDRplay plugin download (as of 31st Dec 2020) . Or it can be obtained from the author who also has also published a user guide – go to https://sdrplugins.com/

Click here for a video guide in English and here in German (danke Manuel Lausmann)

FRAN (FRequency ANotation) plugin (works with the latest Plugins version 2 and SDRuno 1.40.2)
This plugin can read SWSKEDS or .s1b memory bank files and display the active stations from the files on the main spectrum window.     Click here for the GitHub link.

Eric is an active member of both the SDRplayUsers Groups.io forum  Independent  SDRuno Facebook group where you can ask questions about it and see news of any updates coming. Click here for a video guide.

Black Cat Systems plugin (works with the latest Plugins version 2 and SDRuno 1.40.2)
The Black Cat Systems plugin was developed by the author of the Black Cat Systems software, Chris Smolinski. The plugin delivers the audio data directly from SDRuno straight into Chris’ suite of software. It also provides bidirectional control for things like frequency etc. More information can be found at blackcatsystems.com

Click here for a video guide


Plugins are a way for existing software developers to integrate the power of SDRuno within their existing applications, thereby reducing the dependency on interfaces like “Virtual Audio Cable” . The new plugin system also gives anyone with some C++ coding knowledge, the ability to create exciting new interactive applications for radio reception (e.g. decoding, display, demodulators, custom signal annotation and so on).

We’ve put a developer pack together on GitHub…

It uses C++ – Please have a look through, there is a template that should just build in Visual Studio 2017 – note that the nana UI library .lib file was too large for GitHub, so we had to compress it – see the pdf in the repository for more details.

For more Nana UI information, that can be found here:

This video illustrates the overlay system for annotating the main spectrum display window within SDRuno: https://youtu.be/_fXtcw0zS60

If you are interested in creating your own plugin and have questions, please contact SDRplay at plugins@sdrplay.com

Plugin webinar with Q&A

This webinar introduces plugins first for users and then developers