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Serial Studio is a multi-platform, multi-purpose serial data visualization program. The goal of this project is to allow embedded developers & makers to easily visualize, present & analyze the data generated by their projects and devices, without the need of writing specialized computer software for each project.

The need for this project arose during the development of the Ground Station Software for several CanSat-based competitions in which I participate. It's simply not sustainable to develop and maintain different GSS programs for each competition & project. The smart solution is to have one common Ground Station software and let each CanSat define how the data is presented to the end user by using an extensible communication protocol.

Furthermore, this approach can be extended to almost any type of project that involves some kind of data acquisition & measurement. If you want a more in-depth explanation of why this project exists, and what its all about, check this blog post.

NOTE: Information regarding the communication protocol is provided in the wiki.

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Software usage

Build instructions


The only requirement to compile the application is to have Qt installed in your system. The desktop application will compile with Qt 5.15 or greater. You will also need to have the following Qt non-LGPL modules installed:

  • Qt Charts

On GNU/Linux systems, you will also need to install libgl1-mesa-dev in order to compile the application.

Full list of used Qt modules:

  • Qt SQL
  • Qt Quick
  • Qt Widgets
  • Qt Charts
  • Qt Serial Port
  • Qt Quick Controls
  • Qt Quick Controls 2
  • Qt Graphical Effects


This repository makes use of git submodule. In order to clone it, execute these commands on your Terminal:

git clone
cd Serial-Studio
git submodule init
git submodule update

Alternatively, just run:

git clone --recursive

Compiling the application

Once you have Qt installed, open in Qt Creator and click the "Run" button.

Alternatively, you can also use the following commands:

make -j4


This project is released under the MIT license, for more information, check the LICENSE file.

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