Simple

Powerful menu driven configuration tool along with stock Debian utilities. BASH shell and lightweight XFCE based desktop.

Lightweight

Standard boot, config and update methods with minimal user-space footprint. Special config utilities are optional.

Optimised

A distributed image is compressed to its real data size which starts below 1G. Login is possible via serial, HDMI/VGA or SSH.

Fast

Boot loader and kernel optimisations, memory caching, ZRAM swap and video acceleration where applicable.

Secure

Images are made fully automatised from sources. Releases are PGP signed and code is regularly inspected by community.

Supported

Long term support, quick security fixes, documentation and community based end user support.

How to start with Armbian?

Download

Find your board and download one of the available images. Archives can be uncompressed with 7-Zip on Windows, Keka on OS X and 7z on Linux (apt-get install p7zip-full). RAW images can be written with Etcher (all OS).

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Boot

Make sure you have a good & reliable SD card and a proper power supply. Insert SD card into a slot and power the board. First boot takes up to 30 seconds with an average SD Card and on the cheapest board.

2.
Login

Log in as root on HDMI / serial console or via SSH and use password 1234. You will be prompted to change the password. Next, you will be asked to create a normal user account that is sudo enabled (beware of QWERTY keyboard settings at this stage).

3.
Configure

Type sudo armbian-config and change timezone, reconfigure language, locales, network. Manage OpenSSHD settings, freeze kernel upgrades, toggle hardware settings. Install Armbian to internal or external memory, a desktop, 3rd party software, ...

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