Programming BaoFeng Radios CHIRP:

Chirp Software for Mac OSX, Linux, and Windows


Select The Appropriate Download for Your System:


Stable Release 0.4.0
Daily Development Builds
Windows chirp-0.4.0-installer.exe 1 2

For Daily Builds

That Might have Newer Models or Firmwares Supported

Mac OS X 3 4 (READ THIS)
Linux chirp-0.4.0.tar.gz 5


  • 1 CHIRP is supported on Windows 2000/XP/Vista/7/8.
  • 2 Windows XP users may need to follow the instructions here if you have trouble starting CHIRP.
  • 3 MacOS users must install the KK7DS Python runtime before the application will execute. This only needs to be installed once.
  • 4 OS X support is limited to Intel architecture. PowerPC is not supported.
  • 5 Most modern distributions should have almost everything required to run chirp. Make sure you have python-serial and python-libxml2 packages installed. For more information about using CHIRP under Linux, see the Running Under Linux page

CHIRP works with all BaoFeng Radios

-Through the open platform of Chirp we are able to get in contact with the developer when new released models or firmware come out.

To create a programming file - download from your radio first

To use the BF-F8+ in CHIRP - or any other UV-5R Series Radios - Select UV-5R when making a Download or Upload

CHIRP software has many features, some of which are not available using the BaoFeng factory software, such as:

Uses the familiar RX frequency and ± Offset for repeaters
Allows 7 Character Alpha Tags (was only 6)
Allows Personalizing Display Messages Power-on Messages
Upper & Lower Band Limits for TX on VHF & UHF
TX Inhibit for Scanner Only frequencies
Remembers the COM port setting between sessions
Remembers the last folder loaded from or saved to between sessions
Supports serial ports up to COM256
Displays the actual Firmware release on UV5R series

Chirp Help and Alternate Download Guide:
Click Here

There is no charge for CHIRP.  However, these guys put in a lot of time as a 'Labor of Love' and a small donation thru PayPal is a great way of showing your appreciation and saying thank you.  

BaoFeng Factory Software (VIP):

We do not reccomend using the factory software (VIP) but the following links are provided - Windows Only


* UV-82C: Click Here - Updated 8/18/14 (Full Version CPS)

* BF-F8HP: Click Here - Updated 8/19/14 (Full Version CPS)

UV-82 and UV-82X: Click Here

BF-F8 and UV-5R Series: Click Here


* This Special Edition of VIP allows the options for VFO/MR Channel Lock-out and the Dual PTT Synchronization Support of the UV-82C:



For Problems with your Cables or Drivers Go Here:

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