Raspberry Pi

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The Raspberry Pi 3 is the reference platform for SatNOGS. As of September 2017, there are two methods of installing the SatNOGS client on a Raspberry Pi:

  • Using Fedora for ARM, and following the instructions at satnogs.readthedocs.io
  • Installing the custom-built SatNOGS Raspbian image


Start by downloading the "Server" or "Minimal" image from the the Fedora ARM project page. After that, follow the instructions at satnogs.readthedocs.io.



Latest Raspbian SatNOGS image artifacts can be downloaded from GitLab.

Artifacts list

The current artifacts list consists of:

  • A Zipped image file
  • An Image info file
  • A SHA256 checksums file

Data integrity verification

You should verify the data integrity of the artifacts by checking the SHA256 checksums. On Linux, run sha256sum -c sha256sums in the directory where the artifacts are downloaded


$ sha256sum -c sha256sums 
2017-09-10-Raspbian-SatNOGS-master-lite.info: OK
image_2017-09-10-Raspbian-SatNOGS-master-lite.zip: OK


Follow the usual Raspbian flashing instructions, and boot your Raspberry Pi.


If you are using wired Ethernet you should get connectivity right away. If you are using wireless then see this doc for network configuration instructions.


SSH to the Raspberry Pi with user "pi" and password "raspberry" (no quotes). Run "sudo satnogs-setup" to set basic configuration. When it's done, the Raspberry Pi will reconfigure itself; this may take some time.

  • Note: you can always reconfigure the software by running "sudo satnogs-setup -n" again.


To update SatNOGS software, re-run sudo satnogs-setup. This will pull the latest Ansible playbook and update if necessary.

Raspbian packages can be updated using the normal APT updating methods (e.g. apt-get upgrade or aptitude).

WARNING: An update can potentially interrupt a running observation!