If you love tracking aircraft using dump1090, tar1090 or Virtual Radar Server then you'll love OpenADSB. OpenADSB is a full featured high performance aircraft tracker display app that connects to a variety of backend air traffic sources. Enjoy OpenADSB's smooth native iOS experience instead of using the web interface. PLEASE READ BEFORE PURCHASING: You purchasing a general purpose air traffic display app that connects to a variety of servers types. New traffic sources can be added under Settings (gear button) - Track Source. As a convenience, OpenADSB comes preconfigured to use ADS-B Exchange, a non-profit crowdsourced dump1090 data source. Air traffic from ADS-B Exchange is the sole responsibility of ADSBexchange.com, LLC. Frequent users are encouraged to support ADS-B Exchange through donations (adsbexchange.com/donate). Features: • Connects to dump1090, tar1090 and Virtual Radar Server. • Comes preconfigured using ADS-B Exchange (adsbexchange.com). Note that OpenADSB is not affiliated with ADSBexchange.com, LLC • Smoothly displays thousands of aircraft • Shows aircraft history trails • Various aircraft and history trail color schemes and optional legend • Fully configurable filtering, display only the aircrafts you want to see • Configurable military, VFR and emergency highlights • Long-press on an aircraft to perform a browser search engine search of its callsign and registration • Tap on an aircraft to show more details • Details are fully configurable and includes callsign, registration, ICAO hex code, altitude, speed, vertical speed, heading, aircraft type, squawk code, MLAT, latitude/longitude and more • Display values in imperial or metric units • Bookmark up to 3 favorite locations • Mail track details feature, send an email containing an aircraft's details along with a map snapshot, fully configurable • Optimized data fetching logic minimizes network, battery usage and server load • Highly configurable • Supports Dark Mode on iOS 13 • Supports Split View, Slide Over and multitasking on iPad • Keyboard shortcuts for external keyboards Limitations and Disclaimer OpenADSB is a general air traffic visualizer for Virtual Radar Server and dump1090 data sources. OpenADSB is not affiliated with ADSBexchange.com, LLC. As a convenience, OpenADSB comes preconfigured using ADSBexchange.com as the default data source. Air traffic data, its accuracy, and its validity, is the sole responsibility of the data provider. OpenADSB is for entertainment use only, and not for operational, flight, navigation, traffic avoidance or any mission critical use.
(UPDATE... but read below the dots for my original review) Wonderful app but not a substitute for some pilots and in some circumstances. Sometime in 2018 or early 2019, military aircraft were granted permission to turn off their ADS-B equipment and go “invisible” if they first notified the FAA. So, problems some of us are having keeping tabs on military traffic (please read below why it’s important to me) the “problems” we suspect we are having with this app might be totally related to this “going invisible” of military traffic and NOT THE FAULT OF THE APP. ................................................................................. I have a private airstrip on my ranch in a rural area, a few miles from an MOA. I had been using this app to check military flights before I took off, but now, the app FREQUENTLY doesn’t show military flights near me, but shows military air traffic 50 miles away and across the USA. When at my ranch, I can see and hear C-130s, Jayhawks, T6-Texan trainers at odd times, but the app frequently will not show no military traffic near my private airstrip (far away from radio contact with FAA controllers when on the ground and not airborne) but the app does show military flights 50 miles away and more. I’m in the middle of nowhere and when military flights DO appear on the app, it is VERY HELPFUL but when they don’t show up near me, it’s Russian Roulette getting airborne and at altitude to contact FAA.
Happy to pay $10 for something that’s not bloated with lord knows what and does exactly what it is supposed to. And I appreciate the how configurable everything is. One thing I’ve noted is that other apps (FlightAware) or websites (ADSBExchange) use a variety of icons to represent the types of aircraft. This really helps with finding things at a glance. Is that something that could be added in the future? Or perhaps I’m missing a setting somewhere. Thanks in advance for any help!
I’m sorry to say but my map isn’t showing any planes on it at all no matter what I do, so I hope you can solve this problem because it is really irritating.
The only item missing for me is the aircraft icons. On the website the icons resemble the aircraft type, this app just has the same icon for all and it’s not as easy to find what you are looking for.
I bought the app because i wanted to see military, turns out not a great idea on spending $10 on it, i get to see military, but no pictures, it doesn’t show the name of airlines, it doesn’t show your current location, and all the aircraft look the same on the map, i cam from flightradar24, and now i’m going back
This app is so much better than the tar1090 website, but the website has a leg up on the app. The icons on the website reflect that of the aircraft. A 747 on the site has the four engines. A c17 looks like a c17. Would be cool if the app did the same. But great product. Love it.
This app is good! But all of a sudden it got rid of the ADSB Vrs! What happened?
Saw someone mention in the comments on social media about this app. Pretty impressed. For 10$ I can see everything I need to for my area and more. It catches so much for than flightradar etc because it’s ADS-b monitoring. Would recommend anyone who’s looking to make the swap from those apps. I just wish there was a search feature added, or one that was easily accessible.
Nice app. It would be nice if the plane colors for altitudes were the same as tar1090 and had finer graduation. Every plane below 5000’ the same color doesn’t tell much. I do like the legend, something tar1090 lacks. Update. Playing with it more, I find a lot of customization in the settings. I like it better then the browser based version. I feed ADSB Exchange. It’s a valuable tool during fire season and this app does what is needed. Update v2 The more I use it the better I like it. Wish there was a PC version. It’s very configurable to your desires when you dig into the settings. There are a LOT of features buried so maybe I’m missing some. Here’s my “wish list”: Missing adjustable range rings. 5 mile minimum for first ring would be handy. How about a track highlights for Fire Fighting - 1255 Squawk Just figured out setting location bookmarks. Great work. A location marker and range rings as if it were gps location. Editing labels would be the cherry on the sundae. Selection Properties - Bearing from location? Could be combined with Distance? Finer color definition of altitudes below 5000’ Thanks for your hard efforts. One of the best values I’ve found in any similar apps. Head and shoulders above all! Great work. Don
This app shows just a few military aircraft around the world, when another site shows so many military aircraft you can’t count them.. waste of money