LinuxTV dvb-apps

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dvb-apps is a small set of utilities and tests around the dvb driver. They are very useful for setting up and operating a DVB card (whether budget or full featured).

(Debian package name: dvb-utils. Sometimes also called dvbtools.)

List of utilities


  • diseqc: Sends various diseqc sequences on a SAT frontend.
  • set22k: Legacy tone switching for SAT frontends.
  • setvoltage: Legacy voltage switching for SAT frontends.
  • setpid: Set video and audio PIDs in the demux (only for hardware MPEG decoder)
  • video: tiny video watching application
  • test_sections: Hex dump of section data from stream.
  • test_sec_ne: Like test_sections, but also test Not-Equal filter mode.
  • test_pes: Hex dump of PES data from stream.
  • test_tt: Demonstrate teletext decoding from PES data.
  • test_av: Test audio and video MPEG decoder API.
  • test_vevent: Test VIDEO_GET_EVENT and poll() for video events
  • test_stc: Test DMX_GET_STC.
  • test_stillimage: Display single iframes as stillimages
  • test_dvr: Record a partial transport stream of selected PIDs to a file or a full stream if supported by the hardware


  • loadkeys: a utility to setup IR control keymaps using /proc/av7110_ir interface
  • dvbdate
  • dvbnet
  • dvbtraffic
  • scan: utility to generate channel lists for the currently tuned frequency. Use something like this:
 scan /usr/share/doc/dvb-utils/examples/scan/dvb-t/uk-Oxford >my_list_that_tzap_can_use
  • {s,t,c}zap: command line zapping for dvb-s, dvb-t, dvb-c