LuaRadio can be installed from the AUR on Arch Linux, from Homebrew on Mac OS X, or from source.

Packaging for other distributions and platforms is a work in progress.

To try LuaRadio without installation, you can run it directly from the repository, provided LuaJIT is installed. The real-time dependencies described below will also be necessary for real-time applications.

Arch Linux AUR

LuaRadio is available in the Arch Linux AUR under the package luaradio.

macOS Homebrew

LuaRadio is available in Homebrew for macOS / Mac OS X:

brew install luaradio


Install LuaJIT 2.0.4 or greater and prerequisites:

  • Arch Linux: luajit
  • macOS (Homebrew): luajit, pkg-config
  • macOS/Darwin (MacPorts): luajit, pkgconfig
  • Ubuntu/Debian: luajit, libluajit-5.1-dev,pkg-config
  • Fedora, CentOS/RHEL/SL 7 or up: luajit, luajit-devel

Build and install LuaRadio:

git clone
cd luaradio/embed
make lib
sudo make install

Real-time Dependencies

LuaRadio has no hard dependencies outside of LuaJIT, but for real-time applications, the liquid-dsp or VOLK, and fftw libraries are strongly encouraged for appreciable performance.

Optional Dependencies

Desktop users should also install the gnuplot package for plotting support.

Some I/O blocks, like SDR and audio sources/sinks, may require external libraries. For example, the RTL-SDR requires the librtlsdr library.

Check Installation

Check the installation by dumping the platform information:

$ luaradio --platform
luajit          LuaJIT 2.0.5
os              Linux
arch            x64
page size       4096
cpu count       4
cpu model       Intel(R) Core(TM) i5-4570T CPU @ 2.90GHz
    fftw3f      true    fftw-3.3.8-sse2-avx
    volk        true    2.1 (avx2_64_mmx_orc)
    liquid      true    1.3.2

The liquid, volk, and fftw3f features should be marked true, if the respective libraries were found by LuaRadio.