Radxa Zero
Standard support
* More about support definitions, criteria and relationships

CLI

Armbian 23.11 Bookworm
Kernel 6.1, Size: 538Mb, Release date: Nov 30, 2023
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stable user space packages
minimal

Armbian 23.11 Bookworm
Kernel 6.1, Size: 357Mb, Release date: Nov 30, 2023
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stable user space packages

If you have a Radxa Zero with eMMC (any model with 2GB or 4GB of RAM), you’ll need to erase the eMMC before you can boot it from a microSD card and use Armbian. 1GB version is not supported.

Full instructions are available on the Radxa wiki, but here are some quick notes.

– Connect a USB cable to the Zero’s OTG port (the USB-C plug marked USB-PWR)
– Hold down the “USB BOOT” button on the Radxa Zero while connecting the USB cable to a USB port on the Linux host
sudo pip3 install pyamlboot on the host
curl -O https://dl.armbian.com/radxa-zero/loader/radxa-zero-erase-emmc.bin
sudo boot-g12.py radxa-zero-erase-emmc.bin

You may have to run the sudo boot-g12.py command a second time to fully clear the eMMC.

Other supported variants

User spaceInterfaceEUUSAAsiaTorrentKernelIntegritySizeRelease date
 
Armbian BookwormCLI 6.1SHA  ASC538MbNov 30, 2023
Armbian Bookworm Minimal CLI6.1SHA  ASC357MbNov 30, 2023
Armbian BookwormXFCE desktop 6.1SHA  ASC1529MbNov 30, 2023
Armbian JammyCLI 6.1SHA  ASC568MbNov 30, 2023
Armbian Jammyi3 desktop 6.1SHA  ASC1529MbNov 30, 2023
Armbian Jammy Minimal CLI6.1SHA  ASC282MbNov 30, 2023
Armbian JammyXFCE desktop 6.1SHA  ASC1624MbNov 30, 2023
 
* Looking for different or custom variant? Use Armbian build framework!
While we try best possible to test provided images flaws can happen. If you experience issues please report those. Until we're able to fix latest builds stick to older images from our archive.

Specifications

2GB 4 core 4GB 64bit bluetooth docker eMMC i2c spi usb-c usb3 wifi wireguard Amlogic S905Y2

* Specifications differ from hardware revision, model and software support level

FAQs

Simple

BASH or ZSH shell, standard Debian/Ubuntu utilities. Features can be adjusted with menu-driven utility. Login is possible via serial, HDMI or SSH.

Universal

Minimal, server or Desktop. We work with XFCE, Gnome and Cinnamon but more is possible to build: Mate, KDE, Budgie, Deepin, i3, …

Light

No bloatware or spyware. Special utilities are completely optional. Suitable for newcomers and professionals.

Optimized

Distributed images are optimized for flash media (SD/eMMC/SSD) and compacted to real data size.

Fast

Armbian is optimized on kernel and userspace level. ZRAM & ZSWAP support, browser profile memory caching, garbage commit delay.

Secure

Security level can be adjusted with the armbian-config. OS is reviewed by professionals within the community.

Supported

Maintainers and community have deep understanding how HW work. We are seniors with 30+ years of experience in Linux + embedded Linux.

Open

Armbian provides open source build framework to build a distribution of optimised Linux hardware interface for armhf, aarch64 and x86.

We provide a selection of images that fits hardware best. If you need different image – use build framework and make whatever you need. Build framework relies on Debian and Ubuntu packages – you can build any combination – stable, old stable or rolling release.

Minimal images comes without armbian-config, armbian-zsh, build-essentials, Python, DKMS, … If you are interested in detailed comparison, CLI images also have those packages:

Make sure you have a good & reliable boot media (SD card / USB key) and a proper power supply. Archives can be flashed with Etcher (all OS) directly.

Insert the SD card into the slot, connect a cable to your network if possible or a display and power your board. (First) boot (with DHCP) takes a bit longer.

Support is provided in one of two ways:

Rolling releases from CI pipeline

 User spaceKernelTorrentIntegritySizeRelease date
 
Armbian Jammy XFCE desktop stable6.1.64SHA  ASC966MbNov 30, 2023
Armbian Trixie minimal CLIrolling6.1.64SHA  ASC353MbNov 30, 2023
Armbian Mantic minimal CLIrolling6.1.64SHA  ASC278MbNov 30, 2023


Rolling releases are suitable for Linux enthusiasts who want cutting edge packages and have the skills to fix damage that a bad update might cause. If you want stability in a production environment or low headaches as a novice user, skip rolling releases. They are only at, build and ship, Debian testing / Arch / Manjaro / Suse Tumbleweed / Kali / Gentoo support quality level!