What do you need?

Last updated 5 months ago

You will need the required parts and some optional parts. It will depend on what kind of data you want to collect, process or display and what kind of equipment your boat already has.

Required items

You need at least these items to run the software and you have two options: either with monitor or without monitor (headless).

If you need help with these basic parts see the official Raspberry Pi documentation. You can buy these basic parts from any official distributor or any Raspberry store.

Monitor option

  • Raspberry Pi 3B or 3B+ (Not RPi Zero or 1 compatible. RPi 2B will have some limitations)

  • Box

  • Power supply

  • HDMI monitor

  • Keyboard and mouse

  • SD card with OpenPlotter (the software)

Headless option

  • Raspberry Pi 3B or 3B+ (Not RPi Zero or 1 compatible. RPi 2B will have some limitations)

  • Box

  • Power supply

  • SD card with OpenPlotter (the software)

  • Any laptop, tablet or smartphone

Optional items

We officially develop, support or distribute some devices which are specifically designed to be used in OpenPlotter but you can also use them with other systems:

Next chapters contain a list of supported devices to communicate with your boat and sensors to collect data from environment: