Running CHIRP on Linux¶
This page describes how to get the newer python3-based CHIRP-next running on Linux.
Debian, Ubuntu, Mint, Raspbian, etc¶
Install prerequisite packages:
$ sudo apt install git python3-wxgtk4.0 python3-serial python3-six python3-future python3-requests python3-pip
You should be able to install either the wheel or the tarball using
$ pip3 install chirp-next-20230114.tar.gz
NOTE: Your system may install
pip3like above, or just
If you run the above command as a regular user, the
chirp executable will be installed into
~/.local/bin/chirp. If you run it as root, then it will be in
/usr/local/bin/chirp as you might normally expect.
Create a desktop (menu) entry¶
A desktop entry can be placed in
/usr/share/applications/chirp.desktop to have a menu entry added. Or it can be placed on the desktop itself to add an icon.
See the template desktop entry distributed with chirp: https://github.com/kk7ds/chirp/blob/master/chirp/share/chirp.desktop
If you have installed chirp for your user only, then update the paths for your home directory:
[Desktop Entry] Name=CHiRP-next (user install) Comment=Program radios using CHiRP Keywords=ham radio Exec=.local/bin/chirp Icon=.local/lib/python3.9/site-packages/chirp/share/chirp.ico Terminal=false StartupNotify=true Type=Application Categories=HamRadio
You may want to install a newer wxPython, depending on what your distro ships. For Debian-derived distros (including Ubuntu and Mint) you can do that with a command like:
pip3 install -U -f https://extras.wxpython.org/wxPython4/extras/linux/gtk3/ubuntu-20.04 wxPython
Check the directory listing for other distro versions and use the closest match to what you're on. NOTE that this will not work for non-x86_64 machines (like the Raspberry Pi) as there are no binary builds for those platforms.
Serial port permissions¶
Note that you may need to adjust permissions on the /dev/tty(something) device, or add your users who want to use CHIRP to the "dialout" group in order to let non-privileged users access the serial device.
This issue is often indicated by an "access denied" error when accessing serial port.
On most Linux distros this is accomplished with:
sudo addgroup "$USERNAME" dialout
For other distributions, such as Manjaro, you may need to add your user to the uucp group.
You will then need to log out and back in for it to take effect.