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Software Requirements

The Blockstream Satellite command-line interface (CLI) is required to configure and run your receiver. You can install it by executing the following command on the terminal:

sudo pip3 install blocksat-cli


  1. The CLI requires Python 3 and the above command requires Python3’s package installer (pip3).

  2. If you prefer to install the CLI on your local user directory (without sudo) instead of installing it globally (with sudo), make sure to add ~/.local/bin/ to your path (e.g., with export PATH=$PATH:$HOME/.local/bin/).

Next, run the configuration helper:

blocksat-cli cfg

Then, check out the instructions for your setup by running:

blocksat-cli instructions

Within the set of instructions, one of the required steps is the installation of software dependencies, which is accomplished by the following command:

blocksat-cli deps install

Once the above command completes successfully, you can move on to the next section, which discusses the receiver and host configuration.

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