Orange Pi

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Orange Pi (One) is a minimalist computer built for the ARMv7-A architecture. More information about this project.

Note: The device is not officially supported by the ALARM project, i.e. please refrain from submitting patches, feature requests or bug reports for it.
Warning: Do not upgrade to linux-armv7-4.12.0-1, Ethernet will no longer work

This article is strongly based on Banana Pi. Moreover this article is not meant to be an exhaustive setup guide and assumes that the reader has setup an Arch system before.


Using original ArchLinuxARM tarball

This method will install unmodified ArchLinuxARM armv7 basesystem to your Orange Pi One, meaning you'll have the latest mainline kernel running. It will probably also work on other H3 Orange Pis with mainline support.

Install basesystem to a SD card

Zero the beginning of the SD card:

dd if=/dev/zero of=/dev/sdX bs=1M count=8

Use fdisk to partition the SD card, and format it with mkfs.ext4 -O ^metadata_csum,^64bit /dev/sdX1.

Mount the ext4 filesystem, replacing sda1 with the formatted partition:

# mkdir mnt
# mount /dev/sda1 mnt

Download and extract the root filesystem:

# wget
# bsdtar -xpf ArchLinuxARM-armv7-latest.tar.gz -C mnt/

Create a file with the following boot script

part uuid ${devtype} ${devnum}:${bootpart} uuid
setenv bootargs console=${console} root=PARTUUID=${uuid} rw rootwait

if load ${devtype} ${devnum}:${bootpart} ${kernel_addr_r} /boot/zImage; then
  if load ${devtype} ${devnum}:${bootpart} ${fdt_addr_r} /boot/dtbs/${fdtfile}; then
    if load ${devtype} ${devnum}:${bootpart} ${ramdisk_addr_r} /boot/initramfs-linux.img; then
      bootz ${kernel_addr_r} ${ramdisk_addr_r}:${filesize} ${fdt_addr_r};
      bootz ${kernel_addr_r} - ${fdt_addr_r};

if load ${devtype} ${devnum}:${bootpart} 0x48000000 /boot/uImage; then
  if load ${devtype} ${devnum}:${bootpart} 0x43000000 /boot/script.bin; then
    setenv bootm_boot_mode sec;
    bootm 0x48000000;

Compile it and write it to the SD-card using the package uboot-tools

# mkimage -A arm -O linux -T script -C none -a 0 -e 0 -n "Orange Pi One boot script" -d boot.cmd mnt/boot/boot.scr
# umount mnt

Compile and copy U-Boot bootloader

The next step is creating a u-boot image. Make sure you have arm-none-eabi-gcc, dtc, git and uboot-tools installed on your system. If you compile for a different H3 Orange Pi than the One, replace orangepi_one_config accordingly. Then clone the u-boot source code and compile a Orange Pi image:

$ git clone --depth 1 git://
$ cd u-boot
$ make -j4 ARCH=arm CROSS_COMPILE=arm-none-eabi- orangepi_one_defconfig
$ make -j4 ARCH=arm CROSS_COMPILE=arm-none-eabi-

If everything went fine you should have an U-Boot image: u-boot-sunxi-with-spl.bin. Now dd the image to your sdcard, where /dev/sdX is your sdcard.

# dd if=u-boot-sunxi-with-spl.bin of=/dev/sdX bs=1024 seek=8

Login / SSH

SSH login for root is disabled by default. Login with the default user account and use su.

Type Username Password
Root root root
User alarm alarm

Orange Pi PC2

Allwinner H5 @ 1.20Ghz 64bit system AArch64

General information about the device

Note: The device is also not officially supported by the ALARM project

Follow general installation instruction above. Differences:


# git clone
# git clone -b v2017.07 git://
# cd arm-trusted-firmware
# make ARCH=arm64 CROSS_COMPILE=aarch64-linux-gnu- -j4 PLAT=sun50iw1p1 DEBUG=1 bl31
# cp build/sun50iw1p1/debug/bl31.bin ../u-boot/
# cd ../u-boot
# make ARCH=arm CROSS_COMPILE=aarch64-linux-gnu- -j4 orangepi_pc2_defconfig
# make ARCH=arm CROSS_COMPILE=aarch64-linux-gnu- -j4
# cat spl/sunxi-spl.bin u-boot.itb > u-boot-sunxi-with-spl.bin
# dd if=u-boot-sunxi-with-spl.bin of=/dev/sdX bs=8k seek=1


For AARCH64 you'll need another rootfs

# wget
# bsdtar -xpf ArchLinuxARM-aarch64-latest.tar.gz -C mnt/

You need to compile your own kernel. Download latest mainline release from:

or fetch this kernel repository with new patches already included:

git clone
# cd linux

Here is a basic config file to start with:

# wget -O .config
# make ARCH=arm64 CROSS_COMPILE=aarch64-linux-gnu- -j4
# make ARCH=arm64 CROSS_COMPILE=aarch64-linux-gnu- INSTALL_MOD_PATH=/mnt  -j4 modules_install
# cp arch/arm64/boot/Image /mnt/boot
# cp arch/arm64/boot/dts/allwinner/sun50i-h5-orangepi-pc2.dtb /mnt/boot/dtbs/allwinner/sun50i-h5-orangepi-pc2.dtb

change the /mnt/boot/boot.cmd to

part uuid ${devtype} ${devnum}:${bootpart} uuid
setenv bootargs console=${console} root=PARTUUID=${uuid} rw rootwait
setenv fdtfile allwinner/sun50i-h5-orangepi-pc2.dtb

if load ${devtype} ${devnum}:${bootpart} ${kernel_addr_r} /boot/Image; then
  if load ${devtype} ${devnum}:${bootpart} ${fdt_addr_r} /boot/dtbs/${fdtfile}; then
    if load ${devtype} ${devnum}:${bootpart} ${ramdisk_addr_r} /boot/initramfs-linux.img; then
      booti ${kernel_addr_r} ${ramdisk_addr_r}:${filesize} ${fdt_addr_r};
      booti ${kernel_addr_r} - ${fdt_addr_r};

See also