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For Beginners - How to Get Back Existing Station Number in A Fresh Install

  1. Go to your stats page while logged-in, by clicking following link:

  2. If you have only one station in your account, go to step 3. If you have more than one ststion, select the station number you want to restore.

  3. Copy the Unique Identifier (see screenshot below)

  4. Give following command
    (Replace xxxxxxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxxxxxxxxxx by the Unique Identifier you have copied from your stats page)

sudo piaware-config feeder-id xxxxxxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxxxxxxxxxx

sudo systemctl restart piaware


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How to find your feeder-id (Unique Identifier) if you see “No Such ADSB Site” at https://flightaware.com/adsb/stats/user/, even when you are logged-in to your Flightaware account?



  1. Go to page https://flightaware.com/adsb/piaware/claim

  2. You may see a new feeder id listed under heading “Success!
    You claimed the following 1 receivers”

  3. You will also see a list of all old/rexisting feeder id under heading "Linked PiAware Receivers".

  4. Choose the station number you want to use, and copy its Unique ID (feeder-id)


Thanks @abcd567, will bookmark that one. Also will be considering backing up/ cloning SD cards.

Thanks for correcting typo in the title of thread :slightly_smiling_face:

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Is this done through putty?

Yes, PuTTY is used for following two commands:

sudo piaware-config feeder-id xxxxxxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxxxxxxxxxx 
sudo systemctl restart piaware

(Replace xxxxxxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxxxxxxxxxx by your actual feeder-id / UUID )

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Im afraid im not to smart with putty.

Ok, do this:

  1. Power-off RPi, slip out microSD card, slip into card reader, and plug the card reader to your desktop/laptop.

  2. In File explorer / File manger of desktop/laptop, double click on the drive letter of microSD card. You will see many files. One of these is named piaware-config.txt. Open this file, scroll-down to bottom, and at bottom add following line:

    feeder-id xxxxxxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxxxxxxxxxx

    (Replace xxxxxxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxxxxxxxxxx by the Unique Identifier you have copied from your stats page)

  3. Save the file piaware-config.txtafter adding this line.

  4. Eject the mocroSD card, slip out from card reader, slip into RPi, and power-up.

  5. Wait for 5 minutes, then while logged-in to Flightaware, click this link, and see if all buttons are green.


Do you even have a feeder-id? If not it will not help you in claiming your pi.

How do I do this without having the device booted up with the new install?
Will it work editing the piaware-config.txt via PC after the image has been written to it?

I’m thinking about reimage on a new SD and then start over, but with the same feeder

And i do not have a screen/mouse/keyboard which i can connect to the Raspi.

Why wouldn’t it? Why even have a config file if it doesn’t work?

Also you could read the post 3 posts up.

That’s why i was asking. Thought by myself “it should work”, but wanted to be sure.
And to answer your question:
I’ve seen installations of different applications which simply overwrite the config on first launch, even if you have entered data already


I should have read the instructions first…

There is documented how to enable WiFi on a fresh install before booting. This is also not overwritten…

Sorry for stupidity

Grrrr!!! Wish I had noticed this post before I updated my Pi and somehow messed it up. Lost 2-3 years of info after I reimaged to a Raspberry Pi 2 which gave me a new ID. Didn’t know how to change the feeder info and deleted the ‘old’ info

Ah Well. Just have to start again but the new version 3.8.1 doesn’t quite seem to be playing ball as dump1090 seems to be stopping every so often. Will post as a new topic


Wish I had found this before I just reimaged my card after 3.8.1 stopped working and wasn’t updating for a month. Oh well, I’ve already removed the old site from my account.

I can’t write the ID in any way. Does anyone know why?

That’s not a piaware sd-card image and you haven’t installed the add-on version of piaware either.


This is the screen after the device restarts.
But I can see the planes on the local ip.

seem to be that you have dump1090 installed, but not piaware.
Piaware is required to upload the receiver data to Flightaware.

Another evidence is your screenshot where you are not able to restart piaware.
To install it, check the step 2 in the official documentation:


Another indication of piaware data feeder not installed (or installed, but not configured with a feeder-id) is that the SkyView map lacks the station marker and the range rings, like this: