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:

Legacy Stable Release

Version 0.4.1 was released on 8-October-2014. The release test report shows what was tested for each model (and thus what is expected to work). The feature matrix for each supported model (as generated from the code) is available here.

Daily builds

Daily builds are generated automatically as changes are put into the source code repository. These builds contain the latest fixes, features, and model support. They are recommended for all users at this point.

The daily build repository contains builds for Windows and MacOS, as well as source snapshots for use on Linux. Click here to find 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 1 2 (not recommended)
Mac OS X Install the KK7DS Python runtime 3 then 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 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

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