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SDRSharp (SDR#): installing on Windows 10

Some time ago I showed you how to install SDR# on a PC running Windows Vista or Windows 7. SDR# (‘SDR Sharp’) is one of the most popular software packages for ‘Software Defined Radio’ on Windows. Here I will show you how you can install SDR# on a PC running Windows 10.

There is a more recent blog post about this subject, see: SDRSharp Community Plugin Package install


It is very important that you do NOT install the drivers that came with your RTL-SDR. You should remove them first if you have already installed them.

Installing SDRSharp:

  1. Go to and download SDR Sharp. Extract the archive.
  2. In the directory where you extracted the files, double click install-rtlsdr.bat. Files required for SDR# will now be downloaded. When the download is complete, the DOS-window will close automatically.

    Tip from user ‘cicciounic’: try starting install-rtlsd.bat from the command line if you have problems running it.

    SDR# Windows 10 install-rtlsdr.bat
    SDR#: starting install-rtlsdr.bat
  3. Connect the USB receiver to your PC. Windows 10 will now probably start looking for drivers. Wait for it to finish. In some cases, Windows will not search for drivers. If that is the case, just continue to the next step.

    SDRSharp Windows 10 driver installeren
    SDRSharp Windows 10 driver install
  4. Among the files in the directory, you should see the file ‘zadig.exe‘. Right-click this file and choose ‘run as administrator‘. There will be a pop up asking you to allow changes, click ‘Yes’.

    Zadig als administrator uitvoeren
    Running Zadig as administrator
  5. When Zadig is running, go to ‘Options’ and make sure ‘List all devices‘ is selected.

    Zadig: opties, 'list all devices'
    Zadig: options, ‘list all devices’
  6. At the ‘Device’ option, select ‘Bulk-In, Interface (Interface 0)’ (or in some cases, you might instead see ‘RTL2832UHIDIR’, then select this).

    Zadig: kies RTL2838
    Zadig: select RTL2838
  7. Click on the big button labeled ‘Replace Driver’ or ‘Install Driver’. Installing the driver may take a minute.

    Zadig: driver installeren/vervangen
    Zadig: installing/replacing driver
  8. When installing the driver is done, you can now run SDR# by double-clicking the file ´SDRSharp.exe´.

    SDRSharp starten
    Running SDRSharp
  9. After starting SDR#, go to ´Source´ and select ´RTL-SDR / USB´ in the drop-down selection box.

    SDRSharp: kies RTL-SDR (USB)
    SDRSharp: select RTL-SDR (USB)
  10. Clicking the arrow in the top left corner will start the receiver. You can now tune in to some stations.

    SDRSharp: ontvangst starten
    SDRSharp: starting the receiver
  11. If there are no stations to be found or only a few weak signals, then you need to increase the RF gain.

    SDRSharp: RF Gain verhogen
    SDRSharp: Increasing RF Gain