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Last Update: 2023-05-31 16:39 UTC

Armbian is a Linux distribution designed for ARM development boards. It is usually based on one of the stable or development versions of Debian or Ubuntu and it supports a wide variety of popular ARM-based devices, including Banana Pi, Cubieboard, Olimex, Orange Pi, Odroid, Pine64 and others. Armbian includes a menu-driven configuration tool along with stock Debian utilities, the Bash shell, and a choice of Cinnamon or Xfce desktop.

Popularity (hits per day): 12 months: 121 (87), 6 months: 119 (86), 3 months: 117 (87), 4 weeks: 56 (186), 1 week: 150 (47)

Average visitor rating: 9.8/10 from 5 review(s).

Armbian Summary
Distribution Armbian
Home Page https://www.armbian.com/
Mailing Lists --
User Forums https://forum.armbian.com/
Alternative User Forums
Documentation https://docs.armbian.com/
Screenshots DistroWatch Gallery
Download Mirrors https://www.armbian.com/download/?device_support=Supported
Bug Tracker https://armbian.atlassian.net/jira/software/c/projects/AR/issues/
Related Websites GitHub
Where To Buy or Try

Recent Related News and Releases
  Releases announcements with download links and checksums:
 • 2023-09-02: Distribution Release: Armbian 23.8.1
 • 2023-05-31: Distribution Release: Armbian 23.05.1
 • 2023-03-02: Distribution Release: Armbian 23.02
 • More Armbian releases...

 • 2023-09-01 Armbian launches wallpaper contest
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Feature 23.05.1 22.11.1
Release Date 2023-05-31 2022-11-30
End Of Life    
Price (US$) Free Free
Image Size (MB) 400-1900 400-1600
Free Download IMG IMG
Installation -- --
Default Desktop GNOME, i3 Cinnamon, Xfce
Package Management DEB DEB
Release Model Fixed Fixed
Office Suite LibreOffice LibreOffice
Processor Architecture arm64, x86_64 arm64, x86_64
Init Software systemd systemd
Journaled File Systems    
Multilingual Yes Yes
Asian Language Support Yes Yes
Full Package List 23.05.1 22.11.1
Package 23.05.1 22.11.1
abiword (3.0.5) -- --
alsa-lib (1.2.10) 1.2.6 1.2.4
amdgpu (23.0.0) -- --
bash (5.2.15) 5.1 5.1
bind (9.18.19) -- --
chromium (117.0.5938.92) -- 107.0.5304.121
cups (2.4.7) 2.4.1 2.3.3
dhcp (4.4.3-P1) 4.4.1 4.4.1
e2fsprogs (1.47.0) 1.46.5 1.46.2
firefox (117.0.1) -- 102.5.0
freetype (2.13.2) 2.11.1 2.10.4
gcc (13.2.0) 11.2.0 10.2.1
gimp (2.10.34) 2.10.30 2.10.22
glibc (2.38) 2.35 2.31
gnome-shell (45.0) 42.5 3.38.6
gnucash (5.4) -- --
gnumeric (1.12.55) -- --
grub (2.06) -- 2.06
gtk (4.12.2) 4.6.6 3.24.24
httpd (2.4.57) -- --
inkscape (1.3) -- --
k3b (23.08.1) -- --
kmod (30) 29 28
krita (5.1.5) -- --
libreoffice (7.6.1) 7.3.7 7.0.4
linux (6.5.5) 6.1.29 5.15.80
Package 23.05.1 22.11.1
lxpanel (0.10.1) -- --
mariadb (11.0.3) -- --
mate-desktop (1.26.2) -- --
mesa (23.1.8) 8.4.0 20.3.5
mysql (8.1.0) -- --
nautilus (45.0) 42.2 3.38.2
NVIDIA (535.113.01) -- --
openbox (3.6.1) -- --
openjdk (21) -- --
openssh (9.4p1) 8.9p1 8.4p1
openssl (3.1.3) 3.0.2u 1.1.1n
perl (5.38.0) 5.34.0 5.32.1
php (8.2.10) -- --
plasma-desktop (5.27.8) -- --
postfix (3.8.2) -- --
postgresql (16.0) -- --
Python (3.11.5) 3.10.6 3.9.2
qt (6.5.2) 5.15.3 5.15.2
samba (4.19.0) 4.15.13 4.13.13
systemd (254.4) 249.11 247.3
thunderbird (115.2.3) 102.11.0 102.5.0
vim (9.0) 8.2 8.2
vlc (3.0.18) -- --
wayland (1.22.0) -- --
xfdesktop (4.18.1) -- 4.16.0
xorg-server (21.1.8) 21.1.4 1.20.11

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Version: 23.05.1
Rating: 10
Date: 2023-09-11
Votes: 2

Tried both the Jammy verson and the Bookworm CLI version on an OrangePi 5. Both works flawlessy, the Debian-based Bookworm with slightly newer packages. After installing the Bookworm CLI-version, you end up as root in a shell. Run 'apt update', 'apt upgrade', 'apt install tasksel', 'tasksel'. Choose your DE and other options with the spacebar. Tab to 'Ok' and push 'Enter'. When all is finished, reboot with '/sbin/init 6'.

I prefer to have my '/home'-directory on a seperate partition, on my OPi5 it is a NVmE-card. I add this to '/etc/fstab' while still in the root shell, before first reboot. Armbian uses UUID as partition identificator. Find it with 'blkid'.

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Version: 22.11.1
Rating: 9
Date: 2023-03-02
Votes: 21

It was the newest 23.02.02 version I downloaded for a normal 64 bit Intel/AMD PC.

It came as a 2 GB img file which inflated to 9 GB+ on a USB stick using Belena Etcher.

It doesn't use persistence, but I did find an option to save the session and it seems to work fine.

Bad start as I noticed the spinning dotted circle favoured by Microsoft as it loaded - please drop that unnecessary nod to Windows, you can do better and are risking a possible lawsuit too.

Not the quickest loader, but that may be down to the USB2 stick I used and it does run at an acceptable speed once it's eventually loaded.

Comes with Google Chrome (and Firefox for all you purists) along with a fairly sensible set of common programs without appearing too bloated.

I know it's not really meant for 'normal' PC's but it does a good job as a portable OS and barely uses 1/2 a GB of RAM to boot to the desktop.

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Version: 22.08.1
Rating: 10
Date: 2022-09-18
Votes: 21

i used this distribution on my Orange Pi PC for more than 3 years, while there was no other distributions supporting the board officially. this was the best experience, for me on using GNU\Linux in 12 years. I am moving to Arch-Linux but before that it was good enough that i searched for X86_64 version of this distribution for my AMD PC. it is very satisfying and pleasing to use. in other word it is just Awesome. butt i wish there was a i3wm desktop version of it, specially for boards with 1GB RAM

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