WaveForms Raspberry Pi 4 Installation

WaveForms is software developed by Digilent and intended for use with the Analog Discovery 2, Analog Discovery Legacy, the Electronics Explorer Board, the Analog Discovery Studio and the Analog Discovery 2 NI Edition. WaveForms provides a user interface for a 2-channel oscilloscope, logic analyzer, arbitrary waveform generator, digital I/O, and more. It's free to download and compatible with Mac (Apple), Windows, and Linux (32-bit, 64-bit, and ARM).

To get a complete breakdown on all of the accessories and features of the Analog Discovery 2, check out our unboxing tutorial and video.

Installing WaveForms
Step 1: Download WaveForms
This tutorial will guide you through the steps involved in the installation process on a Raspberry Pi 4 Model B after downloading it from the website. We will be using Raspberry Pi 4 Model B 1 GB version with in this tutorial. The 2 GB and the 4 GB versions of the Raspberry Pi 4 Model B also work with this tutorial.
Download the correct installation file for WaveForms for your distribution of Linux. Since we are using a Raspberry Pi 4 Model B with the Raspbian OS, we will choose the Debian flavor of the ARM build.

Select installation file.

Step 2: Download Adept 2
Download the correct version of Adept 2. Make sure that the version of the Adept install file is the same as WaveForms. We chose the ARM version for WaveForms, so we will use the ARM version of both the Runtime and Utilities for Adept.

Download Adept 2. Download Adept 2.

Step 3: Open the Adept 2 File
Open up the file you downloaded for Adept 2 in Step 2.

Open the Adept 2 file.

Step 4: Click Install
Click “Install” in the window when prompted.


Step 5: Open the WaveForms File
Open the file you downloaded to install WaveForms.

Open the WaveForms file.

Step 6: Click Install
Click “Install” in the window when prompted.

Install WaveForms.

Step 7: Open WaveForms
Go to your applications and open WaveForms.

Open WaveForms.

Step 8: No Device
If you don't have an Analog Discovery 2 plugged in, a window will pop up with a warning stating that no device was detected. You don't need to have a device to run the software, so go ahead and click “OK” to proceed.

No device.

Step 9: Run Demo Mode
The device manager will now open. Click on “Demo Mode”, and then click “Select”.

Run demo mode NEED SS.

Step 10: Demo Mode Oscilloscope
As mentioned previously, if you don't have an Analog Discovery 2 yet, that's okay. You can still run WaveForms in demo mode and get a feel for the interface and capabilities.

The below image is a demo of the oscilloscope displaying a sine and square wave.

Demo mode oscilloscope.

Step 11: Plug in Analog Discovery 2
If you plug in the Analog Discovery 2, a window will pop up indicating that it was detected. Select “OK” to proceed.

Detected device NEED SS.

Step 12: Device Manager
If you open the device manager, or you have the Analog Discovery 2 plugged in when WaveForms is open, the window displayed in the image below will appear. Select the Analog Discovery 2 just as you did for demo mode.

Device manager.

Now that you are connected and have WaveForms installed, you can view the tutorials for each Instrument on the WaveForms Resource Center.