Installing USRP Toolchain (UHD and GNU Radio) for Ettus B210 (on Ubuntu 18.04)

Installation of software for Ettus B210.

Part 1 2 April, 2020

  1. Follow instructions at
    • For UHD
      • git checkout v3.15.0.0-rc3
    • For GNU radio
      • Don’t do the below as it is more complicated and you don’t get the Instrumentation blocks in gnuradio-companion
        • git checkout v3.8.1.0-rc1
        • Since Ubuntu puts liblog4cpp in /usr/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu, I had to modify gnuradio/cmake/Modules/FindLOG4CPP.cmake: (before running cmake ../):

          PATHS /usr/lib /usr/lib64 /usr/local/lib  /usr/local/lib64 /opt/local/lib /opt/local/lib64 /usr/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu
        • export LD_LIBRARY_PATH=$LD_LIBRARY_PATH:/usr/local/lib:/usr/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu
        • export PYTHONPATH=$PYTHONPATH:/usr/local/lib/python3/dist-packages
      • Do this
  2. Install Pothosware using instructions from
    • export UHD_IMAGES_DIR=/usr/local/share/uhd/images
  3. Then I got the error RuntimeError: Expected FPGA compatibility number 14, but got 16
    • So I installed UHD v3.12.0.0 instead as it is the latest version with compatibility number 14, cycled the Ettus radio and rebooted the Ubuntu machine
    • That finally worked and I could include a UHD source block in gnuradio-companion

Part 2 3 April, 2020

All was well but I couldn’t make gr-specest work so let’s try using PyBombs.

  1. Remove UHD and GNU radio
    cd ~/src/ettus/uhd/host/build/
    sudo make uninstall
    sudo apt-get uninstall gnuradio
  2. Install PyBombs
    pip3 install --upgrade git+
    pybombs auto-config
    pybombs recipes add-defaults
    pybombs prefix init ~/gnuradio
    source ~/gnuradio/
    # Edit ~/.pybombs/recipes/gr-recipes/gnuradio.lwr and add "-DENABLE_CTRLPORT_THRIFT=OFF" in "config_opt"
    pybombs install uhd
    sudo apt install git cmake g++ libboost-all-dev libgmp-dev \
       swig python3-numpy python3-mako python3-sphinx python3-lxml \
       doxygen libfftw3-dev libcomedi-dev libsdl1.2-dev libgsl-dev \
       libqwt-qt5-dev libqt5opengl5-dev python3-pyqt5 liblog4cpp5-dev \
       libzmq3-dev python3-yaml python3-click python3-click-plugins
    pybombs install gnuradio