# Basic Configuration
QGroundControl is used to install firmware onto the flight controller hardware, specify an airframe, and configure the core sensors that PX4 needs to be present on every vehicle (compass, GPS, gyro etc.).
Before starting this section you should Download QGroundControl (opens new window) and install it on your desktop computer (QGroundControl does not support vehicle configuration on mobile platforms).
This section contains essential configuration topics:
- Sensor Orientation
- Airspeed (fixed-wing/VTOL)
- Level Horizon Calibration
- Radio Setup
- Joystick Setup
- Flight Modes (Optional)
- Battery (optional)
- Safety (optional)
For a supported airframe only this basic configuration is required. If you're creating a new airframe you will additionally need to perform vehicle tuning (see Advanced Configuration).
# Video Guide
The video below shows the calibration process in detail.
If you need help with the configuration you can ask for help on the QGroundControl Support forum (opens new window).
# Further Information
- QGroundControl > Setup (opens new window)
- Advanced Configuration (more advanced topics, related to lesser-used sensors and peripherals, and to vehicle/parameter tuning).