Prebuilt SD card images running debian

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The A13 board can boot from the SD card. There are some ready made SD card images that are suitable. Some of these images can be found in this wiki section.

Once a suitable SD card is imaged with these files, place it into the board then power the board on, it should boot.

All images will have been generated for a specific SD card size. To use these images you must use a SD card that is the specified size or larger.

When the image is downloaded the SD card will only have partitions set up for the originally specified size for the image. If a larger SD card was used you can access the extra memory by using resize2fs.

Note: Some SD cards will list a size on them however the exact number of usable bytes can vary either through bad sectors or different manufacturers. The consequence of this is that an image from a particular size SD card may not fit on another of the same size. If this is the case an error will come up when imaging the card "No space left on device" or a windows error depending on the tool being used. If this issue comes up use a larger SD card size.

Download Method

These images can be downloaded using the methods below



  • transfer to card

For example an image with the file name of "debian_2g.img" would be downloaded to the SD card connected to a linux machine using one of the following commands:

# dd bs=4M oflag=sync if=debian_2g.img of=/dev/sdX
# cp debian_2g.img /dev/sdX

where X is the uSD card.

Experimental Images made by community

Debian with GUI (X)

Created by jwischka

Forum thread for this image

Linaro Image

Linaro ALIP image


  • 4gb SD card image
  • Linaro alip ( lubuntu 12.04 widh lxde desktop environment, minimal )
  • kernel 3.4.19
  • to setup networking you can edit /etc/network/interfaces
  • Password is linaro

Forum thread link for this image

Ubuntu Image

Minimal Ubuntu 12.04.2 LTS with 3.4.29 kernel by anubis (Alex)


  • USB-Ethernet drivers in kernel
  • VGA, LCD support
  • main console on VGA
  • dmesg console on UART1
  • DHCP on eth0 auto
  • ssh server running (just 'arp -a' from your host to detect A13's IP and ssh it to connect)
  • UVC camera support in kernel
  • ready to install x-window-system
  • .config is included (with uImage) to simplify kernel rebuild
  • /tmp as 16M tmpfs
  • Login/pass: root/password

Based on:

Kernel - (branch 'sunxi-3.4')

Rootfs -

You can download it here