Compiling WSJT-x for ubuntu 20.04 (arm64)

This small tutorial will show you how to build and install wsjt-x for your ARMBIAN. In my case I have an OrangePI PC board and armbian buster desktop. But this tuto should work for any other board. It should also work for any other Linux and architecture. E.g.: raspios, debian, ubuntu, etc.

I followed this tutorial for Linux Mint:

Lets start by installing some requirements:

sudo apt-get install build-essential checkinstall texinfo gfortran libfftw3-dev qt5-default qttools5-dev qttools5-dev-tools libqt5svg5-dev qtmultimedia5-dev asciidoctor libqt5serialport5-dev libqt5multimedia5 docbook-xsl xsltproc libxml2-utils dpkg cmake libusb-dev libusb-1.0 libudev-dev libboost-all-dev

Then download the latest tgz from ex;


Lets extract the contents of this package and cd into the directory:

tar zxf wsjtx-2.3.1.tgz
cd wsjtx-2.3.1

And then, lets configure and build wsjtx:

cmake --build . -- -j4

This process will take time depending on how fast is your CPU. After it finished, we will invoke the next command in order for it to build the .deb package. Pay attention you will have to modify option number 10:

sudo checkinstall

This package will be built according to these values: 

0 -  Maintainer: [ [email protected] ]
1 -  Summary: [ WSJT-X version 2.3.1 compiled by HC6PE ]
2 -  Name:    [ wsjtx ]
3 -  Version: [ 2.3.1 ]
4 -  Release: [ 1 ]
5 -  License: [ GPL ]
6 -  Group:   [ checkinstall ]
7 -  Architecture: [ armhf ]
8 -  Source location: [ wsjtx-2.3.1 ]
9 -  Alternate source location: [  ]
10 - Requires: [ libqt5multimedia5 ]
11 - Provides: [ wsjtx ]
12 - Conflicts: [  ]
13 - Replaces: [  ]
Enter a number to change any of them or press ENTER to continue: 

in here you enter “10” and add “libqt5multimedia5” (without the quotes). Then just continue and it will build the .deb:

Done. The new package has been installed and saved to

Lets install it!

[email protected]:~$ sudo dpkg -i ~/wsjtx-2.3.1/wsjtx_2.3.1-1_arm64.deb
(Reading database … 112570 files and directories currently installed.)
Preparing to unpack …/wsjtx_2.3.1-1_arm64.deb …
Unpacking wsjtx (2.3.1-1) over (2.3.1-1) …
Setting up wsjtx (2.3.1-1) …
Processing triggers for man-db (2.7.5-1) …

And… it works!

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