RSG Gauges Plugin - Installation and Configuration

Install and configure the RSG Gauges Plugin for displaying analog/steam gauges on our G1000, Avidyne, or G500 hardware.

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You can purchase this plugin from the X-Aviation website. Once purchased, download the installer from their site and install the plugin.

Installing the Plugin:

The plugin install is a two step process. Step 1 is to install the core package into X-Plane, Step 2 is to install the plugin into each aircraft you wish to use this with.

Step 1: Install the core package to X-Plane:

Once you have downloaded the plugin from X-Aviation, you will have an file in your Downloads. Find that file and double click to open/unzip the contents.

Double click on the RSGGauges-windows-x64-installer.exe file an choose Run if prompted.

Enter your X-Aviation email and password and choose Next

Make sure to select the base folder for X-Plane, typically C:\X-Plane 11

Now the core package has been installed into the "C:\X-Plane 11\Gauges Aircraft Installer" folder

Step 2: Install the plugin into the aircraft

Note, this has to be done for every aircraft you wish to use this plugin for.

Navigate to the "C:\X-Plane 11\Gauges Aircraft Installer" folder (or wherever you installed the core package) and double click the "Gauges-windows-x64-installer.exe" file.

Choose the base folder of the AIRCRAFT you wish to install the plugin into. For this example I used the Piper Saratoga

Once finished, you will find that the "rsg_gauges" plugin is installed into the plugin folder of that particular aircraft.

Configure the Displays:

Start X-Plane and navigate into the X-plane Settings Menu -> Graphics tab.

Set the RSG G1000 XFD, G500, or Avidyne displays that you wish to display the gauges on, to "2D Panel Only".
The RSG Gauges are ready to be displayed on the RSG display(s).

Start a flight with an aircraft with the rsg_gauges installed and the PFD and/or MFD will auto-populate with the RSG Gauges.

Controlling the Gauges:
The RSG gauges use all the default Laminar commands for BARO, CRS, HDG, etc. When using our G1000, those appropriate knobs should control the gauges as expected. If you are using the G500 or Avidyne hardware, you may need to modify the default CommandMapping.ini file to set which knobs you want to use to control these functions.

RSG Gauges Usage Manual

Preset Gauge Layouts

We ship with some default gauge layouts that allow for a starting basis that can be further customized. These base configs are user-editable to make your perfect panel. We ship two primary styles, each with 2 window aspect ratios. Style 1 features some higher-end "steam gauges" compared to the more basic Style 2. Each style comes in a variant optimized for the RealSimGear G1000 hardware (1024x768 resolution) and RealSimGear G500 hardware (1280x800 resolution).

Style 1 (B/K Higher-End Configuration):

Style 1 PFD (G1000 Sized)

Style 1 MFD (G1000 Sized)

Style 1 PFD (G500 Sized)

Style 1 MFD (G500 Sized)

Style 2 (Lower-End Configuration)

Style 2 PFD (G1000 Sized)

Style 2 MFD (G1000 Sized)

Style 2 PFD (G500 Sized)

Style 2 MFD (G500 Sized)

Gauge Options




Airspeed Indicator

0 Pilot

1 Copilot

Attitude Indicator (B/K)


Attitude Indicator (S-T)



4 Pilot

5 Copilot

6 Standby

Turn Coordinator


Heading Indicator



9 Pilot

10 Copilot

Vertical Speed



12 NAV/GPS 1

13 NAV/GPS 2


14 NAV/GPS 1

15 NAV/GPS 2



RPM Gauge

17 Engine 1

18 Engine 2

19 Engine 1/2 Dual

Flaps Gauge


Electrical Gauge


Oil Gauge


Manifold Pressure/Fuel Flow Gauge


Fuel Gauge (Dual)


Fuel Gauge (Single)


Layout Customization

Currently, the configuration of the gauges is performed through the editing of text config files. We plan to improve this system in the future to make it easier to create configs and to be able to see changes live in-sim.

Gauges are set in the gauges_config.cfg file located in rsg_gauges/settings/. This file can be edited in any plaintext editor, such as Notepad or TextEdit.

Within this config, each line starts with a prefix for the gauge grouping, followed by the spot. This line item is then set to a gauge value representing a gauge.

For example, this is the default config for the G1000 PFD:

group_config_spot_style1_g1000_6pack_1_0 = 0 group_config_spot_style1_g1000_6pack_1_1 = 2 group_config_spot_style1_g1000_6pack_1_2 = 4 group_config_spot_style1_g1000_6pack_1_3 = 7 group_config_spot_style1_g1000_6pack_1_4 = 9 group_config_spot_style1_g1000_6pack_1_5 = 11

Options and Configuration

Settings for the gauge system can be found in the settings.cfg file located in the rsg_gauges/settings directory.

System Settings

  • disable_mt_uploader (default 0). Setting this to 1 disables multi-threaded texture uploaded. If you are encountering issues, especially with AMD graphics cards, setting this to 1 might resolve driver issues.

  • disable_persist (Not used at this time)

Specific Gauge Configurations

Airspeed Indicator

gauge_asi_speed_line_blue = 0 gauge_asi_speed_line_red = 0 gauge_asi_speed_vfe = 85 gauge_asi_speed_vne = 163 gauge_asi_speed_vno = 129 gauge_asi_speed_vs0 = 40 gauge_asi_speed_vs1 = 48

These settings are used to set the various v-speeds to generate the airspeed gauge. Blue-line and Red-line speeds can be set to 0 to disable.

gauge_asi_speed_range (default -1) controls the airspeed range displayed.

  • -1: Automatically determined based on v-speeds (default)

  • 0: 200 KIAS max

  • 1: 300 KIAS max

  • 2: 400 KIAS max


gauge_alt_metric (default 0). 0 corresponds to inHg units for the altimeters. 1 corresponds to hPa/mB.

Dual System Gauges

elec_amps_dr = sim/cockpit2/electrical/battery_amps elec_amps_max = 30.000000000000 elec_amps_min = -30.000000000000 elec_volts_dr = sim/cockpit2/electrical/bus_volts elec_volts_max = 30.000000000000 elec_volts_min = 22.000000000000 eng_ff_dr = sim/cockpit2/engine/indicators/fuel_flow_kg_sec eng_ff_max = 24.000000000000 eng_ff_min = 0.000000000000 eng_mp_dr = sim/cockpit2/engine/indicators/MPR_in_hg eng_mp_max = 30.000000000000 eng_mp_min = 10.000000000000 oil_psi_dr = sim/flightmodel/engine/ENGN_oil_press oil_temp_dr = sim/flightmodel/engine/ENGN_oil_temp engines_show_lr = 0

The dataref values can be customized to read custom aircraft datarefs overriding the defaults. Dataref must be a float array type. The first index (0) is read. If set to be two engines, for oil and ff/mp, the first two indices (0, 1) are read.

The max and min values correspond to the maximum and minimum of their corresponding gauge.

engines_show_lr (default 0). Setting to 1 has the engine gauges show left and right engine values on the same gauge.

Fuel Gauge

fuel_dual_max_kg_l = 79.500000000000 fuel_dual_max_kg_r = 79.500000000000 fuel_dual_tank_sel_l = 0 fuel_dual_tank_sel_r = 1 fuel_single_max_kg = 159.000000000000 fuel_single_tank_sel = -1
  • fuel_dual_max_kg_l , fuel_dual_max_kg_r, and fuel_single_max_kg correspond to the maximum fuel mass in kilograms in the tank (corresponding to full fuel).

  • fuel_dual_tank_sel_l (default 0) and fuel_dual_tank_sel_r (default 1) set the X-Plane tank for the left and right indications on the fuel gauge dual. -1 corresponds to total fuel across all X-Plane fuel tanks.

  • fuel_single_tank_sel (-1 default) sets the X-Plane tank for the single fuel gauge. -1 corresponds to total fuel across all X-Plane fuel tanks.

Flap Gauge

flaps_show_ticks (default 1). Shows 10° and 20° increments on the flap texture corresponding to 1/3 and 2/3 deployment. Setting this value to 0 will remove intermediate markings (though the needle will still show at the proper deployment ratio).

RPM Gauge

rpm_gauge_show_limits (default 1). Shows the 2700 rpm red limit and 2100-2700 rpm green arc. Setting to 0 shows just RPM ticks without colored arcs.

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