You can use the LibrePilot Ground Control Station (GCS) both to configure your controller board and to control and monitor your aircraft during flight. More commonly, you would use a conventional radio control transmitter to control your vehicle, but the GCS is also capable of doing so.
LibrePilot GCS is currently available for the Windows, Mac, and Linux operating systems.
Downloading the GCS installer¶
The first step is to download the appropriate GCS installer. Using the release table below, select the Download Link that corresponds to your computer’s operating system.
If updating from a previous release, you may wish note the current settings for your vehicle first by creating a .UAV file or taking screenshots of vehicle settings.
The software on this page comes with no warranty. Use it at your own risk and please be careful!
Visit the LibrePilot forums if you have questions and/or suggestions. Extensive documentation about how the system works and how to install and configure it is available in the LibrePilot wiki and here.
Latest version can be found here: https://librepilot.atlassian.net/wiki/display/LPDOC/Downloads.
RELEASE – 15.09 – First LibrePilot Release - Supermoon Eclipse¶
This is the first LibrePilot release.
This version supports the CopterControl, CC3D, Atom, Revolution, Revolution Nano, Platinum GPS (V9) and OPLink Modems. The main focus of this release is to bring back support for CC3D and a general re-branding of the GCS.
- Some key addition in this release:
- Easytune : A TxPID feature for ‘offline’ tuning,
- Improved motor scaling,
- Different Acro+ factors for roll and pitch
- Fixed wing: Roll differential and setup wizard improvements,
- Import/Export and manage templates,
- OSX fix for crashes running ‘El Capitan’,
The full list of bug fixes and enhancements in this release is available here: 15.09 release JIRA list.
Uninstall previous version first.
PPA for Ubuntu 15.04+
$ sudo add-apt-repository ppa:librepilot/release $ sudo apt-get update $ sudo apt-get install librepilot
Available on the AUR or via repository by adding
[librepilot] SigLevel = Optional TrustAll Server = http://download.librepilot.org/repo/archlinux/librepilot/$arch
Repository available here.
- Archives are available at http://download.librepilot.org/source/
- The git mirror at https://github.com/librepilot/LibrePilot.git
Installation of the GCS¶
Open the GCS installer file that you downloaded and follow these steps:
- Choose a language from the drop-down list on the first page, then click OK. (You can cancel installation at any point by clicking Cancel.)
- The LibrePilot Welcome screen appears. Click Next.
- Review the conditions of the license agreement and then click I Agree to accept the terms.
- You can select which components to install in the Choose Components dialog box. Click Next to accept the default selections.
Note that the Mesa OpenGL driver may be required by older operating systems and is a required component for the GCS interface. If major elements of the GCS user interface fail to display, re-installation with selection of the Mesa OpenGL driver may help.
You can specify where to install LibrePilot GCS in the Choose Install Location dialog box. Click Browse to choose a location or Install to install the software in the default location shown in the text box.
Previous installations of the LibrePilot GCS were installed in the Documents and Settings directory on Windows machines. The latest default GCS location is the standard Program Files location on Windows machines.
LibrePilot GCS installs on your computer. Click Next when installation is complete.
If you have have chosen the default setup, Windows will now install the CDC driver for the Virtual Comm Port of your LibrePilot board.
Note that the CDC driver is not required to connect and configure your LibrePilot board with the GCS. You need the CDC driver for Virtual Comm Port support.
- Click Finish to complete installation. (Clear the check box if you don’t want LibrePilot GCS to run immediately.)
- If you choose to run LibrePilot GCS immediately, click OK to load the default configuration file.
- The LibrePilot GCS start page appears. Congratulations! You can explore LibrePilot GCS or proceed to the next step, Installing or Updating Your Firmware.