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RTLSDR Multimon-ng in Docker
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Mutlimon-ng in Docker

ype/docker-rtlsdr-multimon is a docker container for multimon-ng. Multimon-ng is a tool for decoding the following digital transmission modes:

  • POCSAG512, POCSAG1200, POCSAG2400
  • FLEX
  • EAS
  • UFSK1200, CLIPFSK, AFSK1200, AFSK2400, AFSK2400_2, AFSK2400_3
  • HAPN4800
  • FSK9600
  • DTMF

see EliasOenal/multimon-ng for multimon-ng repository

Build image manually

To build your own version do the follow:

git clone
cd docker-rtlsdr-multimon

docker build -t name_you_want/for_your_docker_image ./Dockerfile

Pull prebuilt image

docker pull envoi/rtlsdr-multimon


Show multimon-ng help and delete container

docker run -it --rm --name rtlsdr-multimon --device=/dev/bus/usb envoi/rtlsdr-multimon multimon-ng -h

A basic example

Launch container with bash console

docker run -it --name rtlsdr-multimon --device=/dev/bus/usb envoi/rtlsdr-multimon /bin/bash
## opt: remove container on exit
### docker run --rm -it --name rtlsdr-multimon --device=/dev/bus/usb envoi/rtlsdr-multimon /bin/bash
## opt: add -p host_port:80 or uncomment command show below to enable viewing of logs using lighttpd
### docker run -it -p 8080:80 --name rtlsdr-multimon --device=/dev/bus/usb envoi/rtlsdr-multimon /bin/bash

Once inside the container

Here are some example commands you could run if you feel like it.

Setting rtl_fm frequency to a variable

FREQ="$(echo -e '153.35M')"
rtl_fm -f "$FREQ" -s 22050 | ...

### OR
#### FREQ_RANGE="$(echo -e '153.0M:154.0M:12k')"
### rtl_fm -f "$FREQ_RANGE" -s 22050 | ...
# the *M* following the below value of 153.35 denotes Megahertz [MHz]

DATETIMESTAMP="$(date '+%F_%H%M%S')"

rtl_fm -f "$FREQ" -s 22050 2>/var/www/pager/"$DATETIMESTAMP"_rtl_fm-multimon_stderr.log \
    | multimon-ng -t raw -a POCSAG512 -a POCSAG1200 -a POCSAG2400 -a FLEX -f alpha /dev/stdin \
        1>>/var/www/pager/"$DATETIMESTAMP"_POCSAG-512_1200_2400-FLEX_"$FREQ".txt \
        2>>/var/www/pager/"$DATETIMESTAMP"_rtl_fm-multimon_stderr.log &


LOCAL: In Container

From inside your container you can simply use the tail or more commands to view multimon's output

To watch the last 200 lines of output from multimon in realtime, you can use:

tail -200f /var/www/pager/"$DATETIMESTAMP"_POCSAG-512_1200_2400-FLEX_"$FREQ".txt

Or if you feel like paging through all the output generated thus far (defn paging is a bash term for moving through text file one line at a time using a 'terminal pager')

more /var/www/pager/"$DATETIMESTAMP"_POCSAG-512_1200_2400-FLEX_"$FREQ".txt

REMOTE: in Browser

view from browser using lighttpd to serve http://host_ip:8080/pager/"$DATETIMESTAMP"_POCSAG-512_1200_2400-FLEX_"$FREQ".txt note: host_ip is the machine running docker

/etc/init.d/lighttpd restart

navigate to http://host_ip:8080/pager/"$DATETIMESTAMP"_POCSAG-512_1200_2400-FLEX_"$FREQ".txt in your browser of choice

REMOTE: while loop of curl magicness

do some curl magic and watch the data pour in remotely

while true; do
    curl -sL '"$DATETIMESTAMP"_POCSAG-512_1200_2400-FLEX_"$FREQ".txt' \
        | tail -15f; # `-15f` tells `tail` to show the last 15 lines from output
    sleep 30;

Further Reading

Base Image used for docker-rtlsdr-dump1090

For further details about the image in this repo, see ype/docker-rtlsdr-base, which is the base docker image used for docker-rtlsdr-dump1090.

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