Starlink Debug Data – How to Access and Use It

About Starlink Debug Data: Although Starlink is an amazing internet, especially in remote areas, sometimes it experiences problems that affect its performance. 

The good news is that when this happens, you can use a readily available app to solve these issues. 

But you can also use the debug data to understand your Stalink and solve these technical hitches. 

Let me show you how to access the Starlink debug data and use it to enhance your internet performance.

What is Starlink Debug Data

In programming, debugging is the technique for accessing, isolating, and studying a software source code to fix errors and bugs. 

Using the above definition, Starlink debug data is a capability that lets you access insightful Starlink setup information. 

This data includes Starlink accessories and satellite status, connected devices, firmware version, WiFi settings, and power and temperature statics. 

Like in programming, this data allows you to rectify problems arising from your dish, router, and network. 

Typical, the Starlink debug data features a JSON file with inner information for your network and peripheral devices. 

For those who don’t know, JSON ( Javascript Object Notation) refers to data storage and interchange channels. 

This channel ensures the machine can easily read and write and the user can comprehend. 

To access debugging data, you can do so via a method we’ll describe later. 

Then, you can copy the data and paste it into a notepad or your email to facilitate monitoring. 

Finally, you will need third-party tools to help you analyze and interpret this information.

Debugging concept

Debugging concept

Specific Functions for Starlink Debug Data

As mentioned earlier, accessing the Starlink debug data helps you understand how Starlink functions. 

It also lets you know how to boost performance through dish placement optimization and network configurations. Below are practical examples of the debugging data:

Performance Monitoring

You may recall that Starlink promises download speeds of between 25 to 220 Mbps and 5 to 20 Mbps upload. 

In that breath, the company also says their latencies are lower than other satellite ISPs, ranging from 25 to 60 ms.

 Performance tracking helps you know if Starlink is living to the end of its promise. 

Another performance metric to observe here is the packet data loss, which Starlink promises to be 1%. 

Therefore, getting a percentage higher than this means your network is weak and requires reconfiguring.

 Lastly, you can also view the uptime, which the ISP says should be 99%. Hence, low uptime means bad satellite configuration and internet. 

Monitoring internet performance

Monitoring internet performance

Configuration Optimization

I also learned that the debugging data will help you optimize your internet configurations, thus improving performance. 

For example, lets you know the WiFi band in use and the WiFi protocols available. If it’s 2.4GHz, and your WiFi has problems, you can set it to 5GHz. 

Also, you will see the dish and router’s current firmware version and update it accordingly to prevent errors and bugs.

 Lastly, you will access your registered network address information, which determines your network availability and condition.

Technical Issues Troubleshooting

As you may know, troubleshooting helps enhance your network speed to a great extent. 

However, you cannot troubleshoot without knowing what the problem is. In that regard, debug data helps you visualize and solve technical issues.

 For instance, you can address the following issues and solve them accordingly:

  • Status: these include satellite, router, dish, and status such as booting, stowed, updating, searching, offline, and connected.
  • Warning alerts: including no satellite, obstruction, thermal throttle, ratio of signal to noise, drop in ping rate, and unknown alerts.
  • Errors: some errors to identify are power, cable, alignment, configuration, thermal, and communication.
Updating firmware

Updating firmware

How Do You Access Debug Data for Starlink

While you can access the debug information through third-party apps, I will show you how to do it using the Starlink app or website.

 But before accessing, it’s good to know that you may require professional programming knowledge to analyze and interpret this data. 

If you are a tech enthusiast, use the steps below to get to this info:

  • Start with launching your phone’s Starlink app or visit the website using your laptop
  • The next step is to log into your account using your credentials
  • When there, locate and select the setting menu located at the top right corner
  • Now navigate to the bottom menu and select advanced
  • On the next step, you just need to click debug data and copy it
  • Finally,  paste the information into a text software such as MS Word or Notepad

You can now analyze the data as it appears or use the tools below to interpret it.

Best Third-party Tools for Reading Starlink Debug Data

Star- Debug

Star-debug is a smartphone app you can download from the Play Store and Apple Store. 

What I like about the app is its regular updates and ability to view and decode Starlink debug data. 

This tool lets you view and decode JSON file debug data from the Starlink application. 

You can also stow, reboot, unstow, and on/off GPS on your Starlink and execute some rudimentary WiFi setup. 

Additionally, it allows you to check details such as alerts, statistics, status, and configuration when Starlink is online. 

Moreover, you can develop and share JSON file data and inspect your internet connection.

Starlink Exporter

Starlink exporter is a Prometheus system that extracts Starlink debug data stored in the local gRPC server on the dish. 

Amazingly, the tool features programmed converters for converting various data indicators to readable formats. 

Typically, Starlink collects data from web pages and gRPC servers, which explains how this debugger has a history of dropped packets.

 While Starlink Exporter obtains Starlink debug data, you need another app, such as Grafana, to interpret it.

Starlink gRPC Tool

These are programs written in Python, and you can use them to read gRPC statistics in your Starlik dish. 

Typically, they are Python scripts that keep communicating with the Dish, thus making them the best tools to read debug data. 

Some data you can read with the tool include Obstruction details, Status, alerts, usage, ping run length and drop, and latency.

Space Debugger

Space debugger is an excellent geographical user interface tool coded in Python and shows human-readable debug content. 

Like most apps, it updates regularly and can read offline Starlink debug data. What I like about the tool is the capability to display charts and graphs of connection statistics, alerts, errors, and telemetry data.

 Its latest version also displays antenna alignment, dish configurations, and obstruction view and can support JSON file format.

Debugger representation 

Debugger representation 


According to my research, reading and understanding your Starlink debug data can tremendously improve your overall kit and network performance. 

However, doing so is a highly technical adventure that requires know-how. 

To be on the safer side, I would recommend visiting Starlink forums to get more information on the matter.