HackRF One: DragonOS for Raspberry Pi

Image of the HackRF One

Installing DragonOS on Raspberry Pi for HackRF One Control

Embark on a journey of RF exploration as we guide you through the seamless installation of DragonOS on your Raspberry Pi. DragonOS unlocks the potential to control the HackRF One. In this comprehensive guide, we’ll demystify the process, empowering you to wield the power of software-defined radio in the palm of your hands.

What is DragonOS?

DragonOS is a Debian based Linux operating system. It comes packed full of open-source software-based radio applications, pre-installed. It supports software defined radios such as RTL-SDR, HackRF, and LimeSDR. DragonOS_Pi64 is built upon the Ubuntu operating system and is specifically altered for the Raspberry Pi4.

Why DragonOS?

DragonOS, a powerful Linux distribution tailored for SDR enthusiasts, transforms your Raspberry Pi into a hub of possibilities. Harnessing its capabilities opens doors to a myriad of applications, all controlled with the precision of the HackRF One.

DragonOS_Pi64 for the Raspberry Pi

You can download DragonOS_Pi64 free for your Raspberry Pi4 here: DragonOS_Pi64 download | SourceForge.net

Installing DragonOS_Pi64

Installing DragonOS

Once you have DragonOS_Pi64 downloaded you will need to flash the OS to your Micro-SD Card. If you need instruction on how to do this, you can read our step-by-step Raspberry Pi guide here: Install OS to your Raspberry Pi

The process will take some time so grab a coffee while you wait. Once complete, remove the SD Card and insert it into your Raspberry Pi. 

After you power up the Raspberry Pi, and assuming the whole installation process worked correctly, you will need to enter the user credentials:

  • username = ubuntu
  • password = dragon

First Look at DragonOS

DragonOS Desktop

DragonOS is packed full of radio apps for you to play with. The radio apps can be found under the Hamradio and Other menus. 

Hamradio Menu

DragonOS Desktop Program List

Other Menu

DragonOS Desktop Program List


By merging DragonOS with the HackRF One on your Raspberry Pi, you’ve transformed an ordinary setup into a powerful SDR arsenal. The world of RF exploration is now at your command. Join the ranks of SDR enthusiasts pushing the boundaries of wireless technology.

That’s All Folks!

Luke Barber

Hello, fellow tech enthusiasts! I'm Luke, a passionate learner and explorer in the vast realms of technology. Welcome to my digital space where I share the insights and adventures gained from my journey into the fascinating worlds of Arduino, Python, Linux, Ethical Hacking, and beyond. Armed with qualifications including CompTIA A+, Sec+, Cisco CCNA, Unix/Linux and Bash Shell Scripting, JavaScript Application Programming, Python Programming and Ethical Hacking, I thrive in the ever-evolving landscape of coding, computers, and networks. As a tech enthusiast, I'm on a mission to simplify the complexities of technology through my blogs, offering a glimpse into the marvels of Arduino, Python, Linux, and Ethical Hacking techniques. Whether you're a fellow coder or a curious mind, I invite you to join me on this journey of continuous learning and discovery.

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