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Armbian


Last Update: 2024-05-27 18:23 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: 127 (68), 6 months: 128 (65), 3 months: 127 (65), 4 weeks: 76 (132), 1 week: 111 (69)

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/
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Screencasts
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
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Where To Donate, Buy, or Try

Recent Related News and Releases
  Releases announcements with download links and checksums:
 • 2024-05-27: Distribution Release: Armbian 24.5.1
 • 2024-02-23: Distribution Release: Armbian 24.2.1
 • 2023-11-30: Distribution Release: Armbian 23.11
 • 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...

  Headlines:
 • 2023-09-01 Armbian launches wallpaper contest
 • More Armbian headlines...

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Feature 24.5.1 23.11 23.05.1 22.11.1
Release Date 2024-05-27 2023-11-29 2023-05-31 2022-11-30
End Of Life        
Price (US$) Free Free Free Free
Image Size (MB) 400-1900 400-1900 400-1900 400-1600
Free Download IMG IMG IMG IMG
Installation -- -- -- --
Default Desktop GNOME GNOME, i3 GNOME, i3 Cinnamon, Xfce
Package Management DEB DEB DEB DEB
Release Model Fixed Fixed Fixed Fixed
Office Suite LibreOffice LibreOffice LibreOffice LibreOffice
Processor Architecture aarch64, armhf, riscv, x86_64 arm64, x86_64 arm64, x86_64 arm64, x86_64
Init Software systemd systemd systemd systemd
Journaled File Systems        
Multilingual Yes Yes Yes Yes
Asian Language Support Yes Yes Yes Yes
Full Package List   23.11 23.05.1 22.11.1
Package 24.5.1 23.11 23.05.1 22.11.1
abiword (3.0.5) -- -- -- --
alsa-lib (1.2.12) -- -- 1.2.6 1.2.4
amdgpu (23.0.0) -- -- -- --
bash (5.2.21) -- -- 5.1 5.1
bind (9.18.27) -- -- -- --
chromium (126.0.6478.61) -- 119.0.6045.199 -- 107.0.5304.121
cups (2.4.9) -- -- 2.4.1 2.3.3
dhcp (4.4.3-P1) -- -- 4.4.1 4.4.1
e2fsprogs (1.47.1) -- -- 1.46.5 1.46.2
firefox (127.0) -- 120.0 -- 102.5.0
freetype (2.13.2) -- -- 2.11.1 2.10.4
gcc (14.1.0) -- -- 11.2.0 10.2.1
gimp (2.10.38) -- -- 2.10.30 2.10.22
glibc (2.39) -- -- 2.35 2.31
gnome-shell (46.2) -- -- 42.5 3.38.6
gnucash (5.6) -- -- -- --
gnumeric (1.12.57) -- -- -- --
grub (2.12) -- -- -- 2.06
gtk (4.14.4) -- -- 4.6.6 3.24.24
httpd (2.4.59) -- -- -- --
inkscape (1.3.2) -- -- -- --
k3b (24.05.1) -- -- -- --
kmod (32) -- -- 29 28
krita (5.2.2) -- -- -- --
LibreOffice (24.2.4) -- -- 7.3.7 7.0.4
linux (6.9.4) 6.6.31 6.2.0 6.1.29 5.15.80
Package 24.5.1 23.11 23.05.1 22.11.1
lxpanel (0.10.1) -- -- -- --
mariadb (11.4.2) -- -- -- --
mate-desktop (1.28.2) -- -- -- --
mesa (24.1.1) -- -- 8.4.0 20.3.5
mysql (8.4.0) -- -- -- --
nautilus (46.2) -- -- 42.2 3.38.2
NVIDIA (550.90.07) -- -- -- --
openbox (3.6.1) -- -- -- --
openjdk (22) -- -- -- --
openssh (9.7p1) -- -- 8.9p1 8.4p1
openssl (3.3.1) -- -- 3.0.2u 1.1.1n
perl (5.40.0) -- -- 5.34.0 5.32.1
php (8.3.8) -- -- -- --
plasma-desktop (6.0.5) -- -- -- --
postfix (3.9.0) -- -- -- --
postgresql (16.3) -- -- -- --
Python (3.12.4) -- -- 3.10.6 3.9.2
qt (6.7.1) -- -- 5.15.3 5.15.2
samba (4.20.1) -- -- 4.15.13 4.13.13
systemd (256) -- -- 249.11 247.3
thunderbird (127.0) -- 115.5.0 102.11.0 102.5.0
vim (9.1) -- -- 8.2 8.2
vlc (3.0.21) -- -- -- --
wayland (1.23.0) -- -- -- --
xfdesktop (4.18.1) -- -- -- 4.16.0
xorg-server (21.1.13) -- -- 21.1.4 1.20.11

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Version: 23.05.1
Rating: 10
Date: 2023-09-11
Votes: 20


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: 19


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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