PlugIns

Plugins for OpenCPN are third party feature additions that expand the functionality of OpenCPN into those niche areas. This page is where you will find Plugins available for download.
 


Plugins for OpenCPN 4.0 and later:

Weather Routing Weather Routing v1.5, released 2015-04-23Weather Routing

Weather routing plugin creates optimized weather routes using isochrone method and predictive grib data or averaged gridded Climate data based upon constraint settings, start and finish information, and boat performance calculated using boat specs or polar data.

  • Use the Grib Plugin and recently downloaded grib files for completing grib predictive routing (1-8 days).
  • Use the Climatology Plugin to find cruising routes, (most useful in prevailing winds areas)
  • Use both grib and climatology data, allowing the grib's route to be extended past time/range, or to use current data if the grib does not contain it, or to use climatology to avoid areas of cyclones.

Download:

Source Code
Windows Setup package
Linux No download needed, install package opencpn-plugin-weatherrouting
Refer to the manual if you need help.
AppleMac OS X Available later, sorry
Chart Downloader Chart Downloader v1.0, released 2015-04-13Chart Downloader

The chart downloader plugin lets you download, install and keep up to date the navigational charts provided by various free governmental sources worldwide directly from within OpenCPN's Toolbox.
The supported charts include both the raster and vector charts for the US waters provided by the NOAA, official raster navigational charts published by Argentina, Brasil and New Zealand (covering also huge areas of the Pacific ocean) as well as electronic charts of the inland waterways of the USA and more than a dozen European Union countries.

Download:

Source Code
Windows Setup package
Linux No download needed, install package opencpn-plugin-chartdldr
Refer to the manual if you need help.
AppleMac OS X Setup package
sQuidd.io sQuidd.io v0.4.1, released 2015-02-11sQuidd.io

Squiddio makes its global user-sourced and user-maintained repository of sailing destinations (marinas, anchorages, yacht clubs, docks, fuel stations etc.) available as waypoints in OpenCPN through a plugin.
The waypoint Properties box shows basic information about the Destination, such as the Destination's average user rating, address and phone number (where available) and a link to the Destination's page on sQuddio.
More information at http://squidd.io/faq#destinations

Download:

Source Code
Windows Setup package
Linux No download needed, install package opencpn-plugin-squiddio
Refer to the manual if you need help.
AppleMac OS X Available later, sorry
S-63 S-63 Charts v1.0, released 2014-10-10S-63

S-63 is the encrypted distribution format for S-57 vector charts. Today, hydrographical offices all over the world are producing their official vector charts in the S-57 format. Distribution is done under the S-63 standard.
To use the encrypted charts, you must get a license for your particular machine (called Permit), make sure to visit http://o-charts.org/ for more information and to get the permits.

Download:

Source Code
Windows Setup package
Linux x86 32-bit DEB (Ubuntu)    
Linux x86 64-bit DEB    
Linux ARMv7 (BeagleBoard, etc.)      
AppleMac OS X Setup Package
Navico Radar Navico Radar v1.1, released 2014-12-28Navico Radar

Navico (Simrad, Lowrance) Broadband BR24/3G/4G Radar PlugIn for OpenCPN. Homepage: opencpn-navico-radar-plugin.github.io

Download:

Source Code
Windows Setup package
Linux x86 32-bit DEB (Ubuntu) RPM (Fedora) TAR.BZ2
Linux x86 64-bit DEB RPM TAR.BZ2
Linux ARMv7 (BeagleBoard, etc.)      
AppleMac OS X Setup Package
objsearch Chart Object Search v0.5, released 2014-10-18objsearch

Allows search of named objects on S-57 and CM93 vector charts.

Note: After the installation, the plug-in does not know anything about your charts, you must view a chart at least once to populate the plug-in's database with it's content. This one time operation makes OpenCPN slower, during subsequent views of the same chart the speed of the application is unaffected. Once the database is populated, the charts are no longer needed, so if you prefer to use raster charts, you can populate the database from the ENC chartset and then switch back to RNC charts and the search capabilities will still be available.

Download:

Source Code
Windows Setup package
Linux No download needed, install package opencpn-plugin-objsearch
Refer to the manual if you need help.
AppleMac OS X Setup package
Statusbar Statusbar v0.4, released 2014-06-29Statusbar

The builtin status bar is very limited in it's configuration options and can be difficult to read. This plugin replaces it with a more configurable one.
For best results, you should disable the built-in toolbar on the User Interface tab in the Toolbox and set the Y position of the plugin toolbar to at least the pixel size of the font selected in the plugin preferences.

Download:

Source Code
Windows Setup package
Linux No download needed, install package opencpn-plugin-statusbar
Refer to the manual if you need help.
AppleMac OS X Available later, sorry
Watchdog Watchdog v1.1, released 2014-06-29Watchdog

The plugin implements various configurable alarms alerting the user about the changing conditions round the boat. Also implements an improved anchor alarm.
Download:

Source Code
Windows Setup package
Linux No download needed, install package opencpn-plugin-watchdog
Refer to the manual if you need help.
AppleMac OS X Setup package
 

Plugins for OpenCPN 3.2 and later:

While the plugins listed here don't work with OpenCPN versions prior to 3.2, the older plugins work with new versions without problems, if you are running OpenCPN 3.2 or later, you can use all the plugins you find bellow.
 
Logbook Konni Logbook Konni v1.2018, released 2015-05-19Logbook Konni

Complex logbook with a lot of features and customizable layout. To use all the features, you will have to download and install the layout files as instructed when you run the plugin for the first time.

Download:

Source Code
Windows Setup package
Linux No download needed, install package opencpn-plugin-logbookkonni
Refer to the manual if you need help.
AppleMac OS X Setup package
Logbook Konni FindIt v1.1001, released 2015-05-19

Stowage manager for OpenCPN, integrated with the LogbookKonni plugin.

Download:

Source Code
Windows Setup package
Linux No download needed, install package opencpn-plugin-findit
Refer to the manual if you need help.
AppleMac OS X Setup package
IAC Fleet Code IAC Fleet CodeIAC Fleet Code v0.6, released 2015-05-08
IAC Fleet Code plugin for OpenCPN visualises the encoded data issued as part of the weather bulletins. The IAC Fleet Code provides size effective encoded synoptic charts for several areas of the world, especially useful with slow and limited connection to the Internet.
Coverage areas:
  • South Pacific weather issued by Fiji Meteorologica Service in Nadi and available from Saildocs
  • Weather over Brazil and adjacent partso of Pacific and Atlantic oceans, including direct download of the data from the Internet
  • Weather analysis and 24 hour forecast for North Atlantic and Europe issued by NOAA, including direct download of the data from the Internet
Download:
Source Code
Windows Setup package
Linux No download needed, install package opencpn-plugin-iacfleet
Refer to the manual if you need help.
AppleMac OS X Setup package
PolarPolar v1.1003, released 2015-05-04
Polar diagram generation plug-in for OpenCPN.
Download:
Source Code
Windows Setup package
Linux No download needed, install package opencpn-plugin-polar
Refer to the manual if you need help.
AppleMac OS X Setup package
Weatherfax v1.3a, released 2015-05-01
Weather Fax plug-in for OpenCPN.
  • Can open image files directly, or decode audio faxes to an image.
  • With simple calibration, resulting image is overlaid on top of charts.
  • Converts images in mercator, polar, conic and uniform coordinates. Can convert any image into a raster chart.
  • Builtin database for HF radio fax stations via SSB.
  • Builtin database for internet retrieval from meterological sites.
Download:
Source Code
Windows Setup package
Linux No download needed, install package opencpn-plugin-weatherfax
Refer to the manual if you need help.
AppleMac OS X Available later, sorry
Route RouteRoute v1.0, re-released 2015-04-21

Route Plotting plugin for OpenCPN
Plots Great Circle routes, Limited Circle Routes and Rhumb lines.

Download:
Source Code
Windows Setup package
Linux No download needed, install package opencpn-plugin-route
Refer to the manual if you need help.
AppleMac OS X Setup package
SAR SARSAR v1.0, re-released 2015-04-21

SAR plugin for OpenCPN
Creates Search and Rescue patterns with desired parameters.

Download:
Source Code
Windows Setup package
Linux No download needed, install package opencpn-plugin-sar
Refer to the manual if you need help.
AppleMac OS X Setup package
Climatology ClimatologyClimatology v1.0, re-released 2015-01-27
Provides overlay capabilities for historic weather data.
Supported Climatology types include:
  • Average wind directions and speed
  • Percentage of gale and calm conditions
  • Average swell and seastate (not yet implemented)
  • Precipitation, Humidity, and Cloud Cover
  • Monthly average Sea Level pressure and Sea Temperature, Air Temperature
  • Tropical Cyclone tracks

Package now includes all the needed data and updated translations and is available for OS X.

Download:
Source Code
Windows Setup package
Linux No download needed, install package opencpn-plugin-climatology
Refer to the manual if you need help.
AppleMac OS X Setup package
World Magnetic Model v1.0, released 2015-01-01
Implements the NOAA World Magnetic Model
More information: http://www.ngdc.noaa.gov/geomag/WMM/
The bundled WMM2015 model expires December 31, 2019.
The plugin also provides the magnetic variation
data to other OpenCPN components, if needed.
New in this version: The bundled magnetic model updated to WMM2015
Bugs:
Download:
Source Code
Windows Setup package
Linux x86 32-bit No download needed, install package opencpn-plugin-wmm
Refer to the manual if you need help.
AppleMac OS X Setup package (Mac version only for OpenCPN 3.3.2118 and newer)
Click the thumbnail to see the full sized screenshotGoogle Earth Plugin v1.0, released 2015-01-01

Integrates Google Earth satellite view to OpenCPN
Make sure to read the instructions to avoid view sizing issues.

Download:
LauncherLauncher v1.0, released 2015-01-01
The plugin allows the user to define several buttons to launch external commands. Primarily targetting touch screen devices.
Download:
Source Code
Windows Setup package
Linux No download needed, install package opencpn-plugin-launcher
Refer to the manual if you need help.
AppleMac OS X Setup package (Mac version only for OpenCPN 3.3.2118 and newer)
AIS Radar View v0.98, released 2015-00.981

Implements a radar-like display for AIS targets

Download:
Source Code
Windows Setup package
Linux x86 32-bit No download needed, install package opencpn-plugin-aisradar
Refer to the manual if you need help.
AppleMac OS X Setup package (Mac version only for OpenCPN 3.3.2118 and newer)
VDR or Voyage Data Recorder v0.3, released 2015-01-01

Save NMEA stream to a file.
Replay NMEA stream previously saved.

Download:
Source Code
Windows Setup package
Linux No download needed, install package opencpn-plugin-vdr
Refer to the manual if you need help.
AppleMac OS X Setup package (Mac version only for OpenCPN 3.3.2118 and newer)
Debugger v1.0, released 2015-01-01

Shows the messages travelling through the plugin API
This plugin is aimed mainly at the developers and to help troubleshoot problems with NMEA data streams.

Download:
Source Code
Windows Setup package
Linux No download needed, install package opencpn-plugin-ocpndebugger
Refer to the manual if you need help.
AppleMac OS X Setup package (Mac version only for OpenCPN 3.3.2118 and newer)
Celestial Navigation v1.9, released 2015-04-23

Celestial Navigation PlugIn for OpenCPN.
Implements nautical almanac for sun, moon, planets, and various navigational stars.  Enable the User to compute position fix from celestial measurements.
Download:

Source Code
Windows Setup package
Linux No download needed, install package opencpn-plugin-celestial
Refer to the manual if you need help.
AppleMac OS X Setup package
 RTLSDR RTLSDR v0.10, released 2014-06-29

RTL-SDR PlugIn for OpenCPN.
Implements interface to RTL-SDR tools. It allows selected digital TV dongles to be used as cheap AIS receivers.

Download:
Source Code
Windows Not tested, refer to the forum
Linux No download needed, install package opencpn-plugin-rtlsdr
Refer to the manual if you need help.
AppleMac OS X Available later, sorry
Gradar GRadar v1.4, released 2014-03-13Gradar

OpenCPN Radar Overlay PlugIn
The plugin overlays the radar picture on OpenCPN
and works with modern Garmin (Ethernet capable) radar scanners only.
Download:

 
   
 

Plugins for OpenCPN 3.0 and later:

Calculator v1.3, released 2013-04-06

This is a calculator & mathematical expression parsing plugin.
Would you like to know your hull speed?

Download:
BSB4 v1.2, released 2012-03-29
BSB4 PlugIn for OpenCPN provides support of BSB Version 4 Raster charts, format used by many hydrographic authorities throughout the world.
Supported charts must have been installed with appropriate encryption certificates in place.
Download:
Windows
nv-charts Plugin v1.3, released 2012-03-29
Provides OpenCPN support for nv-charts (.EAP extension).
Supported charts must have been correctly installed with valid encryption certificates in place.
Download:
Windows

*If you are a developer and would like to find information on creating plugins and how to get them listed here please see the Plugin Guidelines.