Armbian Focal
mainline based kernel 5.10.y

Server or light desktop usage scenarios.
High level of software maturity

Armbian Hirsute
xfce bleeding edge kernel 5.13.y

Server or light desktop usage scenarios.
High level of software maturity


1wire 2GB 4GB 6 core 64bit UASP bluetooth docker eMMC m2 usb-c usb3 wifi wireguard Rockchip RK3399

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


We provide CLI (command line interface) images first. If the software is stable enough we add the option to upgrade to XFCE desktop. The Build-System relies on  Debian and Ubuntu. The availability of different images may vary, most of the time because of driver restriction. Sometimes we provide only testing images. All images can be built from sources at any time and in rare cases, where you can't find an image which you need, you can build one.
Preparation Make sure you have a good & reliable SD card and a proper power supply. 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). Where images are compressed with .xz you can wrtite them to the SD card with Etcher directly. Boot 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 up to 35 seconds with a class 10 SD Card. Login Log in as: root  Password: 1234. Then you are prompted to change this password (US-Keyboard setting). When done, you are asked to create a normal user-account for your everyday tasks.
Each supported Armbian image can be made from scratch – from latest kernel and u-boot sources, updated upstream packages and our most recent bug fixes and improvements. Supported build environment for SDK is Ubuntu Hirsute 21.04 x64 but you can run it containerised virtually on any X64 based Linux distribution under Docker. You can re-make live bootable image or just a kernel+dtb(hardware configuration) package which you transfer to your image and install with: dpkg -i linux-image-[branch]-family.deb linux-dtb-[branch]-family.deb. In that process you can enforce many customisation. To the kernel or user space. Read more.

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Builds were tested for booting and basic operations.

VariantEUUSAAsiaTorrentUser spaceKernelIntegritySizeLast modified
Bullseye unstable5.10.ySHA  ASC395MAug 26 2021
Buster stable5.10.ySHA  ASC401MAug 26 2021
Buster xfce desktopstable4.4.ySHA  ASC610MAug 26 2021
Focal stable5.10.ySHA  ASC307MAug 26 2021
Focal budgie desktopstable5.10.ySHA  ASC1011MAug 26 2021
Focal cinnamon desktopstable5.10.ySHA  ASC1030MAug 26 2021
Focal xfce desktopstable5.10.ySHA  ASC1006MAug 26 2021
Hirsute unstable5.13.ySHA  ASC339MAug 26 2021
Hirsute budgie desktopunstable5.13.ySHA  ASC1035MAug 26 2021
Hirsute cinnamon desktopunstable5.13.ySHA  ASC1077MAug 26 2021
Hirsute xfce desktopunstable5.13.ySHA  ASC1063MAug 26 2021