MAVProxy is one of the Ground Control Station (GCS) software that supports the MAVLink protocol. It’s a powerful command-line based ground control station software. It has several key features, including the facility to transmit messages from your UAV over the network via UDP to multiple devices.1
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If your device is based on any of the following operating systems, then it’s possible to install MAVProxy on your device:
Installing MAVProxy on Linux
For installing MAVProxy on Linux based systems, execute the following commands on your terminal:
1 2 3 4 $ sudo python3 -m pip install --upgrade future lxml $ sudo python3 -m pip install --upgrade pymavlink $ sudo python3 -m pip install --upgrade mavproxy $ echo "export PATH=$PATH:$HOME/.local/bin" >> ~/.bashrc
You can also open the terminal window using the keyboard shortcut Ctrl + Alt + T
Successful Installation of MAVProxy on Linux
After completing the execution of the above commands on the terminal, close that terminal and execute the below command on a new terminal window.
1 $ mavproxy.py
If you see some warning like the below window in your terminal, then MAVProxy is successfully installed on your device!!!
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 WARNING: You should uninstall ModemManager as it conflicts with APM and Pixhawk Auto-detected serial ports are: /dev/ttyS0 /dev/ttyS1 /dev/ttyS2 /dev/ttyS3 Warning: multiple possible serial ports. Use console GUI or 'link add' to add port, or restart using --master to select a single port No mode mapping available Failed to load module: No module named 'terrain'. Use 'set moddebug 3' in the MAVProxy console to enable traceback Log Directory: Telemetry log: mav.tlog MAV>
In some cases,
mavproxy.py will not execute on your machine after installation. For that, you can run the below command once and try to execute
1 $ source ~/.bashrc
For removing the ModemManager on your device, which conflicts with APM and Pixhawk, you can execute the below command in your terminal.
1 $ sudo apt-get remove modemmanager
mavproxy.py after removal of ModemManager will lead to the following result on your terminal.
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 $ mavproxy.py Auto-detected serial ports are: /dev/ttyS0 /dev/ttyS1 /dev/ttyS2 /dev/ttyS3 Warning: multiple possible serial ports. Use console GUI or 'link add' to add port, or restart using --master to select a single port No mode mapping available Failed to load module: No module named 'terrain'. Use 'set moddebug 3' in the MAVProxy console to enable traceback Log Directory: Telemetry log: mav.tlog MAV>
Voila, you’ve successfully unlocked one more feature on your Linux machine!!!
Installing MAVProxy on Windows
MAVProxy has native windows installer, and you can able to install
mavproxy.exe on your windows machine with minimal effort. You can download the latest version of MAVproxy from the below link, or you download it from the official downloads site.2
After installing MAVProxy, try to execute the following command on your Command Prompt.
If you see something like below, then you’ve successfully installed MAVProxy on your Windows device.
MAVProxy on Windows
Installing MAVProxy on Mac
Since I’m not owning a Mac device, I’m adding installation information from the official MAVProxy Download and Installation page3, for your reference. Kindly, let me know if it’s working on your Mac device.
1 2 3 4 5 $ sudo pip install wxPython $ sudo pip install gnureadline $ sudo pip install billiard $ sudo pip install numpy pyparsing $ sudo pip install MAVProxy
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