How to feed

Let me start by saying thank you, the good news is feeding ADSBexchange.com is quick and easy.

There are various options depending on what kind of feeder/receiver you use and your desired level of customization.

[ ADSBx image ] If you are starting from scratch and want use ADSBx Dashboard on the Pi this is the quickest way.

[ Script Method ] If you have a Pi feeder already feeding a commercial site this will send the same data to ADSBx.

ADSBexchange.com Custom Image

ADSBx offers a custom ADSBX feeder image with stats, dashboard, maps, US sectionals, offline vector maps, and many more features! This image has special tweaks installed like a nightly 3am reboot and minimal writes to disk to allow it to be as robust and self repairing as possible. This is a great feature if you want a feeder that can stay active in harsh conditions and needs minimal maintenance. If you are looking for an install you can tweak and add additional software to we suggest creating your own feeder from scratch.

Warning: Other site clients are not as polite as ADSBx and will occasionally try to take over your feeder, we can not always provide assistance if this happens.

To copy the image onto an SD card we suggest the use of BalenaEtcher.

READ THE ADSBX IMAGE SETUP GUIDE FOR DETAILED INSTRUCTIONS.

To test your feeder is working correctly after setup go to https://www.adsbexchange.com/myip/


The “script” Method

ADS-B Exchange Setup Scripts

These scripts aid in setting up your current ADS-B receiver to feed ADS-B Exchange.  At a minimum, you will need a Pi running any Raspbian image and SDR with dump1090 installed and configured to start at boot.

The script method for all feeders that have dump1090 outputting beast data on port 30005.

The scripts were updated to use a systemd service.

Obtaining And Using The Scripts

ADS-B/1090 Feeder Script – to feed ADS-B if you already have a working feeder, works on all know images from other flight tracking companies as well as manually created Pi/Linux feeders.

Running the following commands will download the contents of the repository and begin setup. You can find more info HERE.

sudo bash -c "$(wget -nv -O - https://raw.githubusercontent.com/adsbxchange/adsb-exchange/master/install.sh)"

– After completing the setup do not delete this repository. –

Stats Package – adsbexchange-stats (Optional) (For Pi feeders only) (Required for API)

Running the following commands on your Raspberry Pi will download the stats package and allow you to see your feed directly on the site.

cd /home/pi
git clone https://github.com/adsbxchange/adsbexchange-stats.git
cd adsbexchange-stats
chmod +x install.sh
sudo ./install.sh

UAT/978 Feeder Script – The following script will install UAT/978 feeder, you only need this script if you are in the USA and have a second SDR collecting UAT/978 data.

Running the following commands will download the contents of the repository and begin setup. You can find more info HERE.

sudo bash -c "$(wget -q -O - https://raw.githubusercontent.com/wiedehopf/adsbexchange-978/master/install.sh)"

All MLAT participants will receive a back-feed of any aircraft where their data was used in the calculations. Unlike commercial ADS-B sites, no aircraft will be censored, hidden, removed, or otherwise scrambled.

To test your feeder is working correctly, or to get your direct link if stats package is installed, go to https://www.adsbexchange.com/myip/


Other Useful commands

Display MLAT config

cat /etc/default/adsbexchange

Systemd Status

sudo systemctl status adsbexchange-mlat

sudo systemctl status adsbexchange-feed

Restart

sudo systemctl restart adsbexchange-feed

sudo systemctl restart adsbexchange-mlat


Finding Location & Elevation

The following website is great help finding your Lacation (Lat/Lon) and Elevation, remember the given elevation is ground so you will need to add your antenna height. https://www.freemaptools.com/elevation-finder.htm

Reporting Issues
Feel free to report any issues you encounter with this script using the forum or contact ADSBx here.

GitHub: https://github.com/adsbxchange/adsb-exchange

NEED HELP? Join our Discord Chat: https://discord.gg/ErEztqg

That’s it, your traffic should now appear on the Global Radar Page.

If this is not clear, or you have questions, please start a thread in the forums or join our Discord server for help.