Simple Distro Kit - Arm
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arm-sdk is simple distro build system aimed at embedded ARM devices. It was first conceived as a component of the Devuan SDK, but now it aims to support multiple Linux distributions.


arm-sdk is designed to be used interactively from a terminal, as well as from shell scripts. It requires the following packages to be installed, as well as libdevuansdk dependencies:


curl git wget qemu-user-static build-essential rsync gcc-arm-none-eabi gcc-multilib lib32z1 u-boot-tools device-tree-compiler lzop dosfstools vboot-utils vboot-kernel-utils libftdi-dev libfdt-dev swig libpython-dev bc bison flex libssl-dev


net-misc/curl net-misc/wget sys-boot/vboot-utils app-emulation/qemu(static-user) net-misc/rsync sys-libs/zlib dev-embedded/u-boot-tools sys-apps/dtc app-arch/lzop sys-fs/dosfstools sys-devel/flex sys-devel/bison

sudo permissions are required for the user that is running the build.

Quick start

Edit the config file to match your crosscompile toolchains. Then run zsh. In case you have conflicting extensions on your zsh configuration, safest way would be to run a vanilla one, using:

; zsh -f

then step inside the sdk, "source" it:

; cd arm-sdk && source sdk

Now is the time you choose the device and OS you want to build the image for.

Currently supported distros

  • devuan

Currently supported boards

  • beagleboneblack - BeagleBone Black
  • chromeacer - Acer ARM Chromebook
  • chromeveyron - Veyron ARM Chromebook (RK3288)
  • n900 - Nokia N900
  • n950 - Nokia N950
  • n9 - Nokia N9
  • droid - Motorola Droid 4
  • bionic - Motorola Droid Bionic
  • odroidxu - ODROID-XU
  • odroidxu4 - ODROID-XU4
  • ouya - OUYA gaming console
  • raspi1 - Raspberry Pi 1 and 0 (armel)
  • raspi2 - Raspberry Pi 2 and 3
  • raspi3 - Raspberry Pi 3 (64bit)
  • raspi4 - Raspberry Pi 4 (64bit)
  • rock64 - Rock64 (64bit) (EXPERIMENTAL)
  • pinephone-dontbeevil - Pinephone Dontbeevil devkit
  • pinephone - Pine64 Pinephone
  • pinetab - Pine64 Pinetab
  • sunxi - Allwinner-based boards
  • turbox-twister - TurboX Twister tablet
; load devuan sunxi

Once initialized, you can run the helper command:

; build_image_dist

The image will automatically be build for you. Once finished, you will be able to find it in the dist/ directory in arm-sdk's root.

For more info, see the doc/ directory.