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How to download my Flightfeeder history

G’day folks.

I’m not very cluey when it comes to using my Flightfeeder (FF). I’d like to download my spotting history so I can use the data in maths classes I teach, and for my own interest in how far I can “see”.

I understand that there is a dump1090 file in the FF. Unfortunately I have no idea what it contains or how to access it so I can use the data on my PC. (eg something that can be used on Excel)

Is anyone able to provide me with some guidance please? Thanks in advance!

What data do you want?

If you run a Raspberry Pi, you can use graphs1090 to collectd data.

You’ll have to point it at the FlightFeeder IP address: https://github.com/wiedehopf/graphs1090#non-standard-configuration

This is where the graphs get the data:
(address needs to be the IP-address of the FF in your case)

But the data always changes, so the graphs parse these files every minute.
With the data aggregated by graphs1090, you can get the datapoints as a CSV to use them in excel.
There are CSVs available in /var/lib/graphs1090/scatter/
I made those for this script by caius: https://github.com/caiusseverus/adsbcompare#comparesh

They contain for the date in question data in 3 minute intervals:
range in meters | message rate | (message rate in some cases) | number of aircraft seen

This will be a very steep learning curve if you only know Excel.
And you need a Raspberry Pi.

He seem to run FlightFeeder 7.9.2~bpo8+1

The version doesn’t really matter in this case.

I’m aware he can’t use the graphs on the FF.
He needs a separate RPi of his own, maybe that wasn’t clear in my post.

But the separate Pi can run the graphs using the statistics from the FF.


Thanks gents. I only have the Flightaware supplied Flightfeeder and have not got into programming R-Pi computers at all.

I’ll have a go at trying to access the dump1090 data later today if I get the chance.

I very much appreciate the suggestions provided.


Not so much about programming.
Retrieving the files as explained is just using the RPi.

There is lots of online resources on how to set up an RPi.
The json files as i said are unlikely to help you.
I suppose if you can script something in Windows to regularly load them and create your own statistics, that would work as well.