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Dan Smith, 09/19/2015 12:19 pm

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:

Normal 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.

If you are running Windows, MacOS, or Linux (other than Ubuntu), click here to download the latest version

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.

CHIRP Downloads

NOTE: We are transitioning to rolling releases. For the best results, please download the current daily build!

Legacy Release 0.4.1
released on 8-October-2014
Daily Builds (recommended)
Windows installer chirp-0.4.1-installer.exe 1 2 (not recommended) latest daily builds
Windows standalone chirp-0.4.1-win32.zip 1 2 (not recommended)
Mac OS X Install the KK7DS Python runtime 3 then
chirp-0.4.1.app.zip 4 5
Linux source chirp-0.4.1.tar.gz 6
Fedora d-rats-repo.rpm
sudo apt-add-repository ppa:ubuntu-hams-updates/ppa
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install chirp
Note: Using the standard repos instead of the ppa will get you a very old version of Chirp.
sudo apt-add-repository ppa:dansmith/chirp-snapshots
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install chirp-daily
Live CD CHIRP Linux-based LiveCD
Test report 0.4.1 Test Report Development Test Report
Supported Models 0.4.1 Feature Matrix Development Feature Matrix

Install notes


1 CHIRP is supported on Windows XP/Vista/7/8.

2 Windows XP users may need to follow the instructions here if you have trouble starting CHIRP.

Mac OS X

3 MacOS users must install the KK7DS Python runtime before the application will execute. This only needs to be installed once.

4 OS X support is limited to Intel architecture. PowerPC is not supported.

5 Chirp.app is unsigned. With default security settings, you will need a special procedure to run it: Application Security in 10.9.

More useful tidbits can be found at MacOS Tips.


6 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