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Raspberry Pi – Update to WSJT-X v2.0.0

Version 2.0.0 of WSJT-X brings several new enhancements but is incompatible with previous versions of WSJT-X. As a result, all users must update to version 2.0.0. The update process shown below can also be used for a new installation. In the case of an upgrade, all your settings are preserved.

Here’s the step by step update guide:

  1. Use the Pi browser to navigate to the WSJT-X site at:
  2. Scroll to the bottom of the page, under the title ‘Installation Packages for WSJT-X’ select and download Raspbian Stretch, ARMv6,… wsjtx_2.0.0_armhf.deb
  3. When the download is complete, open a terminal session and enter cd /home/pi/Downloads
  4. Next enter: sudo dpkg -i wsjtx_2.0.0_armhf.deb
  5. This will install the new version over the top of your old installation, but will preserve your settings.
  6. That’s it!

Mike – G4WNC

4 thoughts on “Raspberry Pi – Update to WSJT-X v2.0.0

  1. Hi Mike – thanks for this info. I first got interested in using the Rpi for digimodes as a result of your original Radcom articles. I’ve now ended up with 2 x ELAD FDM-DUOs as a result!! I’ve been using a reasonably powerful Linux Mintbox and I have made 6,000+ FT8 contacts. I dusted off the Rpi yesterday, upgraded my Stretch packages and followed your wsjtx 2.0 upgrade instructions. The Rpi is a model 2b+. I guess I’ve been spoilt by the Minxbox which I can run Decode>Deep with no issues. With the Rpi I can only realistically use Decode>Fast. The CPU runs at 33%, but I guess that’s because wsjtx is only using a single core on the Rpi? Is there anyway to get it to use the other cores? I could buy a 3b+ but I’m not sure how much better that would be… Do you have any suggestions? overclocking, etc. maybe? Thanks, Steve G0CKP

    1. Hi Steve,

      Glad you’ve found the info useful. I would strongly recommend upgrading to the Pi-3B+. The extra power makes all the difference. I’m running WSJT-X here on FT8 with deep decode and the processor is at 3% most of the time, peaking to 20% during the decode at the end of each cycle.



      1. Thanks Mike – So on a busy band, like 20M, how long, typically, into the next period is the last decode (on the Deep setting). It’s almost instantaneous on my MintBox, but around 12 seconds on my Rpi 2b!!

  2. Hi Mike – your upgrade notes for v2 on a RPi……is this for a RPi 3 I have a 2B+.
    Also there is no mention of all the dependencies required such as Hamlib…..what is ACTUALLY needed on a Pi to run WSJT-x v2?
    I’m a bit of a Linux newbie so finding it really hard to install this on my Pi2.
    There seems to be now where on the web that gives all the instructions it is so confusing…
    My plan was to use a dedicated Pi just for WSJT-x to not tie up my desktop.
    I used v1.9 on Linux mint 18 on a desktop and it was a breeze to install but this v2 I have so far only managed to run successfully on Windows!

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