Is App XY compatible with AIS Share

Many users ask if charting application XY is compatible with AIS Share.
In principle, any third party application that supports AIS messages via UDP or TCP should be compatible.

To easily test such a connection there is a debug/test mode implemented in AIS Share. In this mode you can test the communication at home without having to connect the USB dongle.

In this article I will show you how to configure it for popular charting applications.

Using AIS Share and OpenCPN on sailboat

How all started

I live by the river. Especially in the summertime, when I sit on my terrace and watch all those beautiful river cruise ships go by, I think it would be interesting to know a little bit more about them. At the time, I already knew about the possibility of tracking the position of aeroplanes live, but for ships? I soon found a couple of similar sites on the internet where you could follow the positions of ships – but my region wasn’t covered. So I did some more research and found the amazing blog The blog is absolutely fantastic; it shows several different applications of what can be done with a so-called RTL-SDR dongle. So in August 2015 I created my first Android app for decoding AIS ship positions.