MagicSDR – IOS interface to RTLSDR version 21.12.2 released

Introducing MagicSDR – A software defined radio application for explore the spectrum everywhere!

Unlike Android devices, Apple iOS devices can’t run RTL-SDRs directly through their USB ports. However, they can still connect to another networked device such as a PC or Raspberry Pi running an rtl_tcp server.

MagicSDR makes it possible to interactively explore RF spectrum using panadapter and waterfall visualization, demodulate and play AM, SSB, CW, NFM, WFM signals, collect frequencies. Built on the principle of plug-in architecture, MagicSDR – powerful and flexible next-generation SDR (software-defined radio) application. Typical applications are dx-ing, ham radio, radio astronomy, and spectrum analysis. Explore the spectrum everywhere!

MagicSDR processes signals that are streamed over the local network from the rtl_tcp server, which is running on the host computer.

To start playing with MagicSDR, you need to set up a server on the host computer to which SDR peripherals will be connected (RTL-SDR dongle). To try this program without SDR peripherals, MagicSDR can emulate a virtual radio device.

Support Hardware:

  • RTLSDR dongle
  • Any other radio that supports the rtl_tcp server

Main features:

  • Wide band spectrum view
  • AM/SSB/NFM/WFM demodulator
  • Frequency bookmarks


Version 21.12.2:

  • Added AirSpy HF MagicLink server

MagicSDR for IOS is available for $14.99 now on the Mac AppStore.