Major sigrok releases: libsigrok, libsigrokdecode, fx2lafw, sigrok-cli, PulseView

We're happy to announce a set of major new releases of the following sigrok projects: libsigrok 0.5.0, libsigrokdecode 0.5.0, sigrok-firmware-fx2lafw 0.1.5, sigrok-cli 0.7.0, and PulseView 0.4.0.

The tarballs are available for download from, as usual.

A lot of work has gone into each of those releases, with many new supported devices, many more protocol decoders, various new GUI features, and lots more. See below for details.


Let's start with the most interesting part for most people, newly supported devices in this release:

  • Logic analyzers: CWAV USBee ZX, DreamSourceLab DSLogic and DSLogic Pro, FTDI LA (simple, limited logic analyzer using FTDI chips directly)
  • Oscilloscopes: Hameg HMO3524, Hantek 6022BE, LeCroy X-Stream series, Rigol DS1074Z Plus, Rigol DS1104Z Plus, Rigol MSO2000A series, Rocktech BM102, Rohde&Schwarz HMO 1002, Sainsmart DDS120
  • Logic analyzers / oscilloscopes (but not MSOs): Hantek 6022BL
  • Programmable power supplies: Agilent N5763A, HP 6633A, Rohde&Schwarz HMC8043
  • Electronic loads: Arachnid Labs Re:load Pro
  • Multimeters: Agilent U1241C/U1242C, Fluke 289, HP 3457A, Keysight U1281/U1282, Metrix MX56C, PeakTech 3330
  • Sound level meters: PCE PCE-322A
  • LCR meters: PeakTech 2170
  • Signal generators: Rohde&Schwarz SME0x series

Pretty much every existing hardware driver has also received numerous fixes and improvements.

The sigrok session file format can now store analog channel data in addition to logic data. It now also has an official IANA-assigned MIME-type associated: application/vnd.sigrok.session.

There have also been quite a few bugfixes, documentation fixes, portability fixes, build system improvements, and so on.

The API has changed since the last major release, you can read up all the details in the API docs.

See the NEWS file for a much more detailed list of changes, or browse the git history for even more details.


Let's start with the newly supported protocol decoders as well:

  • ade77xx: Poly phase multifunction energy metering IC protocol
  • adf435x: Wideband synthesizer with integrated VCO
  • aud: Renesas/Hitachi Advanced User Debugger (AUD) protocol
  • avr_pdi: Atmel proprietary interface for the ATxmega MCU
  • dali: DALI lighting control protocol
  • dsi: DSI lighting control protocol
  • dmx512: Professional lighting control protocol
  • eeprom93xx: 93xx series Microwire EEPROM protocol
  • em4305: EM4205/EM4305 100-150kHz RFID protocol
  • gpib: IEEE-488 GPIB / HPIB protocol
  • iec: Commodore serial IEEE-488 (IEC) bus protocol
  • microwire: 3-wire, half-duplex, synchronous serial bus
  • ps2: PS/2 keyboard/mouse interface
  • rgb_led_ws281x: RGB LED string protocol (WS281x)
  • ssi32: Synchronous Serial Interface (32bit) protocol
  • t55xx: T55xx 100-150kHz RFID protocol
  • wiegand: Wiegand interface for electronic entry systems

And with that, we now support a total of 77 different protocol decoders. There are some more in the pipeline for the next releases, and we get contributed decoders on a pretty regular basis these days, which is awesome! If you're working on additional PDs, please send patches our way!

This release also adds support for the new query-based PD v3 decoder API.

  • Decoders using PD v3 API can benefit from both readability improvements as well as performance improvements. Up to 10x speedup has been measured in some situations (depends a lot on the decoder, the amount of data, the amount of edges in the signals, and the amount of oversampling).
  • The majority of all decoders have been converted to PD API v3.
  • For the time being, both APIs (2 and 3) will remain supported until all decoders have been converted to API version 3. Then, support for API version 2 will be dropped.

There is now support for specifying the (assumed) initial pin states before the first sample that is being decoded. This can be set to 0/low, 1/high, or to "use the same value as in the first sample". This is very useful for some setups where decoders need to wait for edges.

See the NEWS file for a much more detailed list of changes, or browse the git history for even more details.


This release adds open-source FX2 firmware for the Hantek 6022BL USB scope/LA (similar, but not quite compatible to the already-supported Hantek 6022BE).

See the NEWS file for a much more detailed list of changes, or browse the git history for even more details.


The sigrok-cli command-line utility has seen a few improvements and bugfixes as well. 

The new -L|--list-supported option shows the supported drivers, modules, and decoders (this was previously listed as part of the -V|--version output).

There's now support for running multiple decoder stacks on the capture at the same time by specifying multiple -P|--protocol-decoders options; the old -S option is no longer needed and has been removed.

See the NEWS file for a more detailed list of changes, or browse the git history for even more details.


The PulseView GUI has seen a pretty large set of improvements as well.

There's a facility to add multiple sessions and views in PulseView now:

  • Sessions represent individual files/device instances. Each session is represented as a tab in PulseView.
  • Views are different data representations of one specific session. For example, different views of a session can have different zoom levels, can be scrolled to different positions, etc. Each view is a dock window within the respective session's tab.
  • The view docks can be repositioned, resized and extracted out into their own individual windows.
  • Sessions and views are partially saved and restored when PulseView exits/starts. Not all information is restored yet, though (e.g. decoders).

Various new or improved features have been added:

  • Support for saving analog data to .sr files.
  • Support for showing the sampling points in traces.
  • Various UI and usability improvements.
  • Various improvements for analog traces and their presentation.
  • There's a global settings menu now with config options for various PulseView behaviours.

There have also been a large number of other random new features, bugfixes, documentation fixes, portability fixes, build system improvements, and so on.

See the NEWS file for a much more detailed list of changes, or browse the git history for even more details.

The future

As you can imagine there's basically no end to our TODO list for sigrok; as always we want to support more hardware, more input/output modules, more protocol decoders, and so on. Your contributions are highly welcome!

There are also a bunch of regressions and/or known bugs and missing features we'll be working on for the next minor bugfix release. If you notice any issues that haven't been reported yet, please file a bug.

Thanks a lot to everyone who has contributed to any of the sigrok projects to make these releases happen! This wouldn't have been possible without the help of the numerous contributors!


New protocol decoder: ade77xx

libsigrokdecode now supports the ade77xx protocol decoder.

The Analog Devices ADE77xx chips are SPI-based "Poly Phase Multifunction Energy Metering IC with Per Phase Information".

The PD currently decodes register names and values only, more in-depth bit-level decoding can be added later, though.

As usual, there are some example files in sigrok-dumps, test-cases for sigrok-test are pending.

The protocol decoder was contributed by Karl Palsson, thanks a lot!

New protocol decoder: microwire

Yup, it's time for a new protocol decoder again. libsigrokdecode supports the microwire decoder since a few days.

Microwire is a "serial interface" (like so many others) that was specified by National Semiconductor (now TI) in 1992. The spec (PDF) is publically available.

It's often used in serial EEPROMs such as the 93LC56, 93C66 and various others from many different vendors.

As usual, there are some example files in sigrok-dumps and some test-cases in sigrok-test.

The protocol decoder was contributed by Kevin Redon, thanks a lot!

A higher-level decoder which stacks on top of this one and decodes the 93Cxx EEPROM-specific commands is available as well, more on that later.

New protocol decoder: dsi

libsigrokdecode now supports yet another protocol decoder: dsi.

This decodes the Digital Serial Interface (DSI) lighting control protocol.

As usual, there are some example files in sigrok-dumps and some test-cases in sigrok-test.

The decoder was contributed by Jeremy Swanson, thanks a lot!


Rohde&Schwarz HMC 8043 support

libsigrok now supports the Rohde&Schwarz (previously Hameg) HMC 8043 programmable power-supply.

This is a 3-channel power-supply with USBTMC and LXI connectivity.

The protocol is SCPI-based, so the patch for libsigrok was relatively straight-forward, extending the existing scpi-pps driver.

Other, similar SCPI-based power-supplies could be added with relatively little work as well. Patches are always welcome!

The code was contributed and tested by Marc Schink, thanks a lot!


New protocol decoder: dali

libsigrokdecode now features another protocol decoder: dali.

This decodes the Digital Addressable Lighting Interface (DALI) protocol.

As usual, there are some example files in sigrok-dumps and some test-cases in sigrok-test.

The decoder was contributed by Jeremy Swanson, thanks a lot!


LeCroy X-Stream oscilloscope support

libsigrok now supports the LeCroy X-Stream series of oscilloscopes (and possibly others).

This includes models from the WaveAce, WaveJet, WaveSurfer, and WaveRunner series in theory; some models may also be manufactured/rebranded by Atten, Iwatsu, or Siglent.

All these devices seem to use a common SCPI protocol and LeCroy's common waveform template format, so they should all work in theory.

Testing and/or patches fixing implementation details to support more models are highly welcome!

The code was contributed by Sven Schnelle, thanks a lot!


New protocol decoder: adf435x

libsigrokdecode now features yet another protocol decoder. This time: adf435x.

This decoders supports the SPI-based protocol of the Analog Devices ADF4350 and ADF4351 RF synthesizers.

The decoder was contributed by Joel Holdsworth, thanks a lot!

You can watch episode 005 ("4.4GHz RF Synthesizer Board - ADF4351 - Theory, Setup, Reverse Engineering, Experiments") on Joel's OpenTechLab YouTube channel for a lot more details about the ADF435x devices and how they can be used, as well as how sigrok can help with making chip-specific protocols like this one easier to understand and debug.

New protocol decoder: iec

libsigrokdecode has gained support for the iec decoder.

This decodes the Commodore serial IEEE-488 (IEC) protocol.

As usual, there's sample files and test-cases for the PD in our git repos.

The decoder was contributed by Marcus Comstedt, thanks a lot!


Hantek 6022BL support

libsigrok now supports the Hantek 6022BL device.

This is a 2-channel USB oscilloscope (48MHz sampling rate, 20MHz analog bandwidth as per vendor); it can also be used as a 24MHz logic analyzer alternatively (but not both at the same time).

We use our open-source sigrok-firmware-fx2lafw firmware for the device, which has been extended to also support the Hantek 6022BL (it supported the Hantek 6022BE already since 0.1.4).

With some additional changes in libsigrok, the Hantek 6022BL is now officially supported.

The respective code was contributed by Sebastian Tabares Amaya and Jan Losinski, thanks a lot!

For the curious, we have the usual set of teardown photos and hardware info in the wiki.



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