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Control a Rigol Scope with Linux

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The Rigol DS1052E digital oscilloscopes are very popular for both hobbyist and professional engineers. These are very affordable scopes that pack a lot of value. Most of the software tools offered from Rigol only run on Windows. Al Williams has fixed that with the the qrigol project on GitHub.

From the readme file:

  • Uses USB communications with Scope
  • Allows keyboard to be unlocked so you can use both the panel and the software
  • Allows easy reading of all measurements as well as logging of all measurements
  • Control of common scope functions
  • Saves waveforms in CSV format
  • Integrates with external plot software like gnuplot to qtiplot
  • Diagnostic mode to send raw commands to scope

There’s a couple of limitations, but I want to draw attention to one. If your region uses a comma (“,”) as a decimal point, you might run into issues. For more information, you might want to check out the qrigol thread on the EEVBlog.

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1 Comment

  1. John Aspinall Reply


    How much of this works on to the higher price Rigol lines? I’m tempted by (and just barely have the budget for 🙂 the MSO5000 line. But I’ve got Linux on the workbench already, don’t want to give that up or need a 2nd computer. Rigol doesn’t even seem to support basic install from Linux.

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