Linux support

Here you get support for using cronologic products with Linux.

Linux support is available for all cards except the HPTDC8-PCI, which has not been in the range for some time.

We provide an open source kernel module as a DKMS package, that can be installed on all modern linux distributions.

In order to set up your cronologic device with your Linux machine:

1.) install our cronologic_linux_kernel, an open-source project availabe on our GitHub.

2.) get the necessary libraries for the particular device you bought.
They are provided with our wrappers, utilities, and examples available on GitHub:

You can find detailed instructions for the installation on the respective GitHub repositories, as well.

1. Install cronologic_linux_kernel

The cronologic_linux_kernel has been tested on the following 64-bit distributions
(see the GitHub README for details on the particular versions):

  • Ubuntu
  • CentOS
  • Fedora
  • Debian
  • openSUSE

1.1 Install the prerequisites

Make sure to install the prerequisites before attempting to install cronologic_linux_kernel.
sudo privileges are necessary for installation.

We strongly recommend using DKMS to manage the kernel installation.

1.2 Clone the GitHub repository

git clone

Alternatively, download the latest release and unpack it.

1.3 Install the kernel using DKMS

We strongly recommend using DKMS to manage your installation. In a terminal, navigate to the project folder you just cloned (or downloaded and unpacked) and run.

sudo dkms install .

If you are unable to use DKMS, you can find instructions on a manual installation here.


If you don’t use DKMS to manage the installation, you have to recompile and reinstall cronologic_linux_kernel for every change to your Linux kernel.

2. Compile and run the GitHub example

Clone the babel repository of your card using the following command (alternatively, download the latest release from the respective repository release page):

Follow the instructions in the repository README on how to compile the user guide example.

If you can successfully run the user guide example, either adjust it to your needs or make sure that you link the necessary Linux libraries in your own project. They are provided in the \lib\ directory of the respective repository.