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Tim Smith, 02/03/2017 01:21 PM
Describe Homebrew install


Development of CHIRP is an all-volunteer effort and is offered as open-source software, free of charge. If you like CHIRP, please consider contributing a small donation to help support the costs of development and hardware:


h1. CHIRP downloads

CHIRP is distributed as a series of automatically-generated builds. Any time we make a change to CHIRP, a build is created for it the next day. Thus, CHIRP is versioned by the date on which it was created, which makes it easy to determine if you have an older build. We don't put experimental things into CHIRP before they are ready, except where specifically called out with a warning. Thus, you do not need to worry about finding a stable version to run. You should always be on the latest build available.

You can find a complete test report of the current build "here": and a matrix of supported models and features "here":

h3. Windows Users

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  • CHIRP runs on Windows 2000, XP, Vista, 7, 8, and 10. Older versions of Windows are not supported
  • Most users will want to download the installer.exe file, which installs CHIRP like a normal application
  • The file is for advanced users wishing to run CHIRP without installing

h3. MacOS Users

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"Homebrew": users can install Chirp without the KK7DS runtime by running @brew install tdsmith/ham/chirp@ and then running //rob Hill@ from the terminal.

More useful tidbits can be found at MacOS Tips.

h3. Ubuntu Linux Users

If you are using Ubuntu linux (or a compatible variant such as Mint) you should install and use the PPA like this:

sudo apt-add-repository ppa:dansmith/chirp-snapshots
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install chirp-daily

After installing the build from the PPA, new updates will be included in your normal system software updates. Also see the "Running on Linux": page for additional steps required to gain access to your serial port.

h3. Other Linux Users

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If you don't run a distro for which we have packages, you can run CHIRP right from the tarball available through the link above. Most modern distributions should have almost everything required to run chirp. Make sure you have +python-serial+ and +python-libxml2+ packages installed. For more information about using CHIRP under Linux, see the Running Under Linux page

h3. Translators and Developers

There is extensive documentation about the development and contribution process located at

h1. Live CD

A Linux-based LiveCD is available with CHIRP pre-installed. This will boot on almost any system and provide a highly-compatible CHIRP environment without the need for fussing with a driver. It will not modify your system in any way.

h1. Old Versions

You can access older versions of chirp here:

Updated by Tim Smith about 7 years ago · 14 revisions locked