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LimeSDR Quick Start

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So you've received your LimeSDR board... what next? This page is intended to help you get up and running as quickly as possible.

1 Assemble the hardware

LimeSDR-USB acrylic case asembly.jpg

Unless you have U.FL to SMA cables for all the RF ports on the LimeSDR — and optionally a suitable case — decide which RF ports you are going to connect to.

If you have a LimeSDR Acrylic Case see the assembly instructions.

2 Connect the LimeSDR to your computer

Depending on which board variant you have, it will require one of the following USB 3.0 cables:

  • Type A plug to Type Micro B plug
  • Type A plug to A socket

3 Install Lime Suite

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Lime Suite provides an SDR driver and a configuration GUI, along with numerous utilities. Support is provided for the following platforms:

  • Linux (Ubuntu packages)
  • Mac OS X (Homebrew)
  • Windows (PothosSDR Installer)


It can be installed from source or via packages/installler. Note that a O/S driver must also be installed on Windows.

For further details see Lime Suite documentation.

4 Testing

LimeSDR-USB SelfTest FFT.jpg

4.1 Basic operation

Low level testing of RX and TX directly via the Lime Suite GUI in LimeSDR-USB Quick Test. The loopback test described is the simplest and most direct way of confirming that you have a functioning board with appropriate USB controller firmware and FPGA gateware loaded.

4.2 SoapySDR

The Lime Suite wiki page explains how LimeUtil can be used to get a list of available devices, and SoapySDRUtil to verify that it will be available to SDR ecosystem applications via SoapySDR.