Using SITL with JSBSim

JSBSim is a sophisticated flight simulator that is used as the core flight dynamics system for several well known flight simulation systems.

In the past ArduPilot required a special version of JSBSim. As of December 2018 that is no longer the case, and we can use the standard JSBSim releases.

In order to build JSBSIM, you need Cmake, install it with :

sudo apt-get install cmake


The build commands below are contained within Tools/scripts/

In the same directory (your home directory) run these commands:

git clone git://
cd jsbsim
mkdir build
cd build
cmake -DCMAKE_CXX_FLAGS_RELEASE="-O3 -march=native -mtune=native" -DCMAKE_C_FLAGS_RELEASE="-O3 -march=native -mtune=native" -DCMAKE_BUILD_TYPE=Release ..
make -j2

Add JSBSim executable to your search path. Add the line at the end of your “.bashrc” in your home directory to automatically set the path whenever a new terminal is opened.

export PATH=$PATH:$HOME/jsbsim/build/src

If using the JSBSim plane simulator you can specify a different JSBSim model than the default Rascal110 by specifying the model name using the -f parameter to, like this: -v ArduPlane -f jsbsim:MyModel --console --map

The model should be in the Tools/autotest/aircraft/ directory.

Data Flow using JSBSim + Flightgear