If you love tracking aircraft using dump1090, tar1090 or Virtual Radar Server then you'll love OpenADSB. OpenADSB is a full featured high performance aircraft tracker display app that connects to a variety of backend air traffic sources. Enjoy OpenADSB's smooth native iOS experience instead of using the web interface.
PLEASE READ BEFORE PURCHASING:
You purchasing a general purpose air traffic display app that connects to a variety of servers types. New traffic sources can be added under Settings (gear button) - Track Source. As a convenience, OpenADSB comes preconfigured to use ADS-B Exchange, a non-profit crowdsourced dump1090 data source. Air traffic from ADS-B Exchange is the sole responsibility of ADSBexchange.com, LLC. Frequent users are encouraged to support ADS-B Exchange through donations (adsbexchange.com/donate).
• Connects to dump1090, tar1090 and Virtual Radar Server.
• Comes preconfigured using ADS-B Exchange (adsbexchange.com). Note that OpenADSB is not affiliated with ADSBexchange.com, LLC
• Smoothly displays thousands of aircraft
• Shows aircraft history trails
• Various aircraft and history trail color schemes and optional legend
• Fully configurable filtering, display only the aircrafts you want to see
• Configurable military, VFR and emergency highlights
• Long-press on an aircraft to perform a browser search engine search of its callsign and registration
• Tap on an aircraft to show more details
• Details are fully configurable and includes callsign, registration, ICAO hex code, altitude, speed, vertical speed, heading, aircraft type, squawk code, MLAT, latitude/longitude and more
• Display values in imperial or metric units
• Bookmark up to 3 favorite locations
• Mail track details feature, send an email containing an aircraft's details along with a map snapshot, fully configurable
• Optimized data fetching logic minimizes network, battery usage and server load
• Highly configurable
• Supports Dark Mode on iOS 13
• Supports Split View, Slide Over and multitasking on iPad
• Keyboard shortcuts for external keyboards
Limitations and Disclaimer
OpenADSB is a general air traffic visualizer for Virtual Radar Server and dump1090 data sources. OpenADSB is not affiliated with ADSBexchange.com, LLC. As a convenience, OpenADSB comes preconfigured using ADSBexchange.com as the default data source. Air traffic data, its accuracy, and its validity, is the sole responsibility of the data provider. OpenADSB is for entertainment use only, and not for operational, flight, navigation, traffic avoidance or any mission critical use.
• Bug fixes.
Ratings and Reviews
Don’t trust this app if you are a pilot!
(UPDATE... but read below the dots for my original review)
Wonderful app but not a substitute for some pilots and in some circumstances. Sometime in 2018 or early 2019, military aircraft were granted permission to turn off their ADS-B equipment and go “invisible” if they first notified the FAA. So, problems some of us are having keeping tabs on military traffic (please read below why it’s important to me) the “problems” we suspect we are having with this app might be totally related to this “going invisible” of military traffic and NOT THE FAULT OF THE APP.
I have a private airstrip on my ranch in a rural area, a few miles from an MOA. I had been using this app to check military flights before I took off, but now, the app FREQUENTLY doesn’t show military flights near me, but shows military air traffic 50 miles away and across the USA.
When at my ranch, I can see and hear C-130s, Jayhawks, T6-Texan trainers at odd times, but the app frequently will not show no military traffic near my private airstrip (far away from radio contact with FAA controllers when on the ground and not airborne) but the app does show military flights 50 miles away and more. I’m in the middle of nowhere and when military flights DO appear on the app, it is VERY HELPFUL but when they don’t show up near me, it’s Russian Roulette getting airborne and at altitude to contact FAA.
Developer Response ,
OpenADSB is a mobile air traffic visualization app, capable of connecting to various data sources (VRS, dump1090, tar1090). By default OpenADSB connects to ADS-B Exchange, which is solely responsible for the air traffic. OpenADSB is just the visualization app and not provide or guarantee air traffic.
ADS-B Exchange’s traffic is sourced and limited by its volunteer feeder network. OpenADSB and ADS-B Exchange is not suitable for operational aircraft detection and avoidance.
Wow, I’m surprised at the critical nature of some of these reviews. For safety’s sake, I hope pilots are using approved ATC and GPS tools and not relying on apps to build a VFR plan.
For the aviation enthusiast you’ll find a lot of tools to filter and drill down on the type of traffic you are seeking and provides a trove of data. For commercial flights I’ve found routing pairs to be incorrect at times (e.g. listing a flights inbound routing when it’s flying in the reverse direction), but those curious can look it up. The color-coded altitude markings are helpful without the need to display another label that uses valuable screen space. I’ve tried to filter commercial flights by using dump1090 filters of A2,A3,A4,A5, which comes close but you'll see see private Gulfstream’s and the like. Perhaps the Dev can advise on a better method of doing this.
Because of the filtering options alone this app should be in every enthusiasts toolbox. I don’t remember if this is a paid app, but the cost is nominal and worth it if so. I’ve not had Issues with the app crashing as others mentioned. One enhancement that would be helpful (but likely laborious for the Dev) is to vary the icons according to AC size.
Great app! A suggestion for that fifth star...
Happy to pay $10 for something that’s not bloated with lord knows what and does exactly what it is supposed to. And I appreciate the how configurable everything is.
One thing I’ve noted is that other apps (FlightAware) or websites (ADSBExchange) use a variety of icons to represent the types of aircraft. This really helps with finding things at a glance.
Is that something that could be added in the future? Or perhaps I’m missing a setting somewhere. Thanks in advance for any help!
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- Steve Kuo
- 23.5 MB
- Requires iOS 9.0 or later.
- Requires iPadOS 9.0 or later.
- iPod touch
- Requires iOS 9.0 or later.
- Requires macOS 11.0 or later and a Mac with Apple M1 chip.
- Age Rating
- © 2016 Steve Kuo
With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.