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How to install LROSE source on Linux?

For most common LINUX systems, you can install lrose from the packages on this page.

For some of the versions of LINUX, we are still having problems with the Qt5-based applications. These problems include both compile errors, and run-time errors related to problems with dynamically-linked libraries. We are working to identify the cause of the problems. In the meantime, we have documented which applications are available on each OS version.

OS-version fractl vortrac samurai HawkEye CIDD available?
CENTOS 6 No No No Yes No
CENTOS 7 Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
CENTOS 8 Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Fedora 29 Yes No Yes No Yes
Fedora 30 Yes No Yes No Yes
Fedora 31 Yes No Yes No Yes
Debian 9 Yes Yes Yes No Yes
Debian 10 Yes Yes Yes No Yes
Ubuntu 16.04 Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Ubuntu 18.04 Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Suse leap Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Suse latest Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes

1. Prepare: Most good, up-to-date LINUX distributions should work.

Recommended distributions are:

  • Debian
  • Ubuntu (based on Debian)
  • RedHat
  • Centos (based on RedHat)
  • Fedora (based on RedHat)

First, you will need to install the required packages.

See: LROSE package dependencies

2. Download the source tar file for Linux from: Release A typical source release would be:


  • Create a working directory for building the distribution:

mkdir ~/lrose_build

cd ~/lrose_build

  • Untar

tar xvfz lrose-core-20200701.src.tgz

The distribution will be unpacked into a subdirectory:

cd ~/lrose_build/lrose-core-20200701.src

3. Build

  • Run the build script:

To see the usage:

./ --help

To build and install into the default directory: /usr/local/lrose


Or set an install directory:

./ --prefix /my/install/dir

4. Verify

  • Look in ~/lrose or /my/install/dir for




  • Try the commands:

/usr/local/lrose/bin/RadxPrint -h

/usr/local/lrose/bin/RadxConvert -h

/usr/local/lrose/bin/Radx2Grid -h


5. Handling build errors

If the build does not complete successfully, you will need to track down the errors.

The very first errors in the build are the most important.

If you get errors, go into the directory giving problems, and run the make as follows:

make |& less

and scroll down searching for error.

Alternatively, run

make >& make.log

and then inspect the make.log file, searching for error.

6. Update

To update, just repeat the procedure in sections 2, 3 and 4 above.

The new version will be installed over the previous version.