OpenADK - Open Source Appliance Development Kit

What is it?

A free construction kit for Embedded Linux. The resulting firmware boots up very fast, is updateable without losing local configuration changes and the root filesystem is mounted read-only. The default configuration creates a very small linux system. The default configuration for software packages and the system is secure by default.

What is it, too?

A great menu based system to create a toolchain for a lot of architectures and C library combinations. uClibc-ng, musl, GNU libc and newlib are supported. You can create toolchains for 39 different architectures. Support for AARCH64, Alpha, ARC, ARM, AVR32, Blackfin, C6X, CR16, CRIS, Epiphany, FR-V, H8/300, HPPA, IA64, LM32, M32R, M68K, METAG, Microblaze, MIPS, MIPS64, MN10300, Moxie, MSP430, NDS32, NIOS2, OR1K, PPC, PPC64, RX, S/390, SH, SPARC, SPARC64, Tile, V850, X86, X86_64 and Xtensa. You can use it on any Linux, BSD, MacOS X and Windows (Cygwin) Host to create the toolchains.

Embedded Systems

There is good and experimental support for different embedded systems. There is good support for Raspberry PI, Raspberry PI2, Solidrun Cubox-i/Hummingboard, Mikrotik Routerboard 532 and PCEngines Alix/APU. There is experimental support for more devices like Banana Pro, Beaglebone Black, Imagination Creator CI20, Atmel NGW100, Mikrotik Routerboad RB4xx and others. For starters there can be used different kind of System Emulators or Simulators. There is support for Qemu, ARMv8 Foundation Model, Synopsys NSIM, Aranym-M68K, OR1K-Sim and GDB Simulator (Blackfin, H8/300).



Get the source via following command:

git clone git://

Or via HTTP (can be used with a proxy):

git clone

Or just get a daily snapshot from here:


You can view the git repository here.



For documentation see the OpenADK manual:



If you want to help the project with money to compensate costs for hosting and hardware, please use following link

Commercial Users

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You can chat with us via IRC #openadk @

Developer blog.

If you have any comments, patches or criticism send an e-mail to wbx at openadk dot org. There is commercial support available, if you like to have a new board supported, a new package ported or a new architecture added, contact me.

Have fun...

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