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.

If you are using latest 3.3 beta versions of OpenCPN, you will find several new plugins considered stable bellow.
 

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.
 
Climatology ClimatologyClimatology v1.0, released 2014-12-04
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

Note: The plugin does not come with data, you need to download it separately and unpack on your machine. The plugin will remind you when you run it, but anyway, the latest data files can be found at this link.

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Source Code
Windows Setup package
Linux x86 32-bit DEB (Ubuntu) RPM (Fedora) TAR.BZ2
Linux x86 64-bit DEB RPM TAR.BZ2
Linux ARM DEB RPM TAR.BZ2
AppleMac OS X Available later, sorry
Weatherfax v1.3, released 2014-07-24
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.

New in this version: Many improvements. All the needed data is now part of the installation package. New packaging system, on Windows simply run the installer, on Ubuntu/Debian run "sudo dpkg -i <packagename>.deb", on RPM based distributions run "rpm -Uvh <packagename>.rpm" as root

Download:
Source Code
Windows Setup package
Linux x86 32-bit DEB (Ubuntu) RPM (Fedora) TAR.XZ
Linux x86 64-bit DEB RPM TAR.XZ
Linux ARM DEB RPM TAR.XZ
AppleMac OS X Available later, sorry
Celestial Navigation v1.8, released 2014-06-29

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.
New in this version: New packaging system, on Windows simply run the installer, on Ubuntu/Debian run "sudo dpkg -i <packagename>.deb", on RPM based distributions run "rpm -Uvh <packagename>.rpm" as root

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 ARM DEB RPM TAR.BZ2
AppleMac OS X Available later, sorry
World Magnetic Model v0.8, released 2014-06-29
Implements the NOAA World Magnetic Model
More information: http://www.ngdc.noaa.gov/geomag/WMM/
The bundled WMM2010 model expires December 31, 2014.
The plugin also provides the magnetic variation
data to other OpenCPN components, if needed.
New in this version: New packaging system, on Windows simply run the installer, on Ubuntu/Debian run "sudo dpkg -i <packagename>.deb", on RPM based distributions run "rpm -Uvh <packagename>.rpm" as root
Bugs:
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 ARM DEB RPM TAR.BZ2
AppleMac OS X Setup package (Mac version only for OpenCPN 3.3.2118 and newer)
 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.
New in this version: New packaging system, on Windows simply run the installer, on Ubuntu/Debian run "sudo dpkg -i <packagename>.deb", on RPM based distributions run "rpm -Uvh <packagename>.rpm" as root

Download:
Source Code
Windows Not tested, refer to the forum
Linux x86 32-bit DEB (Ubuntu) RPM (Fedora) TAR.BZ2
Linux x86 64-bit DEB RPM TAR.BZ2
Linux ARM DEB RPM TAR.BZ2
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:

 
Gradar Launcher v0.2, released 2013-12-24Launcher

Launcher
The plugin allows the user to define several buttons to launch external commands. Primarily targetting touch screen devices.
Download:

   
 

Plugins for OpenCPN 3.0 and later:

SAR_pi SAR screenshot thumbnailSAR v0.8, released 2013-04-07

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

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Calculator v1.3, released 2013-04-06

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

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AIS Radar plugin v0.96, released 2013-03-10
Implements a radar-like display for AIS targets
Download:
Upstream Source Code
Windows
Linux 32-bit (Built on Ubuntu 12.11)
Linux 64-bit (Built on Ubuntu 12.04)
Click the thumbnail to see the full sized screenshotGoogle Earth Plugin v0.10, released 2013-03-07
Integrates Google Earth satellite view to OpenCPN
Some localizations are available
Make sure to read the instructions to avoid view sizing issues.
Bugs:
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Source Code
Windows
Not available on Linux/Mac - GE API is unfortunately Windows only
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.
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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.
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Windows

Logbook Konni v1.1, released 2012-06-21, supports OpenCPN 2.6 and later
Complex logbook with a lot of features and customizable layout.

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Source Code
Windows
Linux 32-bit (Built on Ubuntu 12.04)
Linux 64-bit (Built on Ubuntu 12.04)
Layouts for the logbook (Needed just on linux, on Windows they are part of the setup package)
Language files for the logbook (Needed just on Linux, on Windows they are part of the setup package)
FindIt v1.0, released 2012-06-04, supports OpenCPN 2.6 and later
Stowage manager for OpenCPN, integrates with Konni's Logbook
Download:
Source Code
Windows
Linux 32-bit (Built on Ubuntu 12.04)
Linux 64-bit (Built on Ubuntu 12.04)
Language files for FindIt (Needed just on Linux, on Windows they are part of the setup package)
VDR or Voyage Data Recorder v0.3, released 2012-05-28, supports OpenCPN 2.6 and later

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

Bugs:
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Source Code
Windows
Linux 32-bit (Built on Ubuntu 12.04)
Linux 64-bit (Built on Ubuntu 12.04)
Debugger v0.1, released 2012-06-07, supports OpenCPN 2.6 and later

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.

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Route v1.0, released 2012-10-07, supports OpenCPN 2.6 and later

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

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Plugins for OpenCPN 3.3 and later:

Warning: These plugins need extensions implemented after the currnet stable version 3.2 was released, you must be using at least version 3.3 beta for them to work.
 
Weather Routing Weather Routing v1.2, released 2014-12-04Weather 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 x86 32-bit DEB (Ubuntu) RPM (Fedora) TAR.BZ2
Linux x86 64-bit DEB RPM TAR.BZ2
Linux ARMv7 (BeagleBoard, etc.) DEB RPM TAR.BZ2
AppleMac OS X Available later, sorry
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.

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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.) DEB RPM TAR.BZ2
AppleMac OS X Setup package
sQuidd.io sQuidd.io v0.3, released 2014-10-06sQuidd.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 x86 32-bit DEB (Ubuntu) RPM (Fedora) TAR.BZ2
Linux x86 64-bit DEB RPM TAR.BZ2
Linux ARMv7 (BeagleBoard, etc.) DEB RPM TAR.BZ2
AppleMac OS X Available later, sorry
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 x86 32-bit DEB (Ubuntu) RPM (Fedora) TAR.BZ2
Linux x86 64-bit DEB RPM TAR.BZ2
Linux ARM DEB RPM TAR.BZ2
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 x86 32-bit DEB (Ubuntu) RPM (Fedora) TAR.BZ2
Linux x86 64-bit DEB RPM TAR.BZ2
Linux ARM DEB RPM TAR.BZ2
AppleMac OS X Available later, sorry

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