TinkerBoard
Supported
supported

Armbian Stretch
mainline kernel 4.14.y

Stable
supported

Armbian Bionic
desktop mainline kernel 4.14.y

Stable
  • Severe powering troubles due to Micro USB power connector. It’s recommended to power through GPIO pins to prevent under-voltage issues (instabilities, boot/crash cycles). Powering situation is a little improved/masked on model S.
  • serial console is enabled on UART2 (pin 32, 33, 34) or UART3 (pin 36,37,39)
  • eMMC flashing (model Tinkerboard S with eMMC) can be done the same way as burning an SD card. Connect your board with USB cable to your computer (Linux or Windows) and eMMC will be seen as a new hard drive. Burn an image to this drive. Wait until it’s done, detach from computer and power with your normal PSU.
  • Overclocking to 2.2GHz is possible with quality 3A PSU connected to GPIO pins and (patched) mainline kernel. Enable with:
    echo 1 > /sys/devices/system/cpu/cpufreq/boost      # enable turbo
    nano /etc/default/cpufrequtils                      # adjust new limit
    service cpufrequtils restart                        # restart cpufrequtils

Specifications

1000tx 2GB 32bit 4 core UASP bluetooth docker eMMC i2c spi wifi Rockchip RK3288

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

FAQs

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).

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.

SUPPORTED devices are tested and they work apart from known issues and missing features. Support is provided as far as possible (in general there is no support for 3rd party hardware like DVB tuners and software like Kodi). Please check the documentation and existing forum posts before posting a question.

SUITABLE FOR TESTING (WIP) are devices which we’re currently working on but they are not ready! These images are suitable for developers and experienced users. They are not very well tested but they might work without any problems. Your help to improve this situation is greatly appreciated.

SUPPORT ENDED (EOS) status are devices which used to be supported in the past. Reasons for moving to this section:

  • no active software development (mainline u-boot and kernel)
  • no support from the vendor (hardware samples, documentation, software packages)
  • never was sold, only samples in small quantities were available
  • hardware design flaws don’t allow using these devices without stability issues

Support status:

  • images are stable but we don’t test updating,
  • images are provided with no support,
  • most images have frozen kernel and u-boot packages to prevent their upgrades.

NO OFFICIAL SUPPORT (CSC) are devices which are supported by the 3rd party. We usually don’t have hardware samples nor conduct any tests but they might work. There is no support whatsoever.

Other download options

supported

Armbian Stretch
legacy kernel 4.4.y

Stable
supported

Armbian Bionic
desktop legacy kernel 4.4.y

Stable