Beagleboard:BeagleBoneBlack Debian

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This page is about running the armhf port of Debian distribution at BeagleBoard. The latest image can be found at:

Checking The Debian Image Version

You should check the version of the image on the microSD/eMMC by opening the ID.txt file in the FAT partition.

root@beaglebone:~# cat /boot/uboot/ID.txt BeagleBone Debian Image 2014-03-19

This file can also be accessed via a PC (Windows/Mac/Linux) via either mounting the FAT partition directly off the microSD card or via the usb interface (flash drive).



By default this image is setup to display time in utc mode. If you would like to change this to your local region.

dpkg-reconfigure tzdata


echo "Europe/Zurich" > /etc/timezone 
dpkg-reconfigure -f noninteractive tzdata

Debian Build Instructions

You'll want a fairly beefy ARM system to run this script.

git clone git://
cd image-builder

Debian Releases


md5sum BBB-eMMC-flasher-debian-7.4-2014-03-19-2gb.img.xz
912775fc52af6d43a4104fd1a8dee880  BBB-eMMC-flasher-debian-7.4-2014-03-19-2gb.img.xz
md5sum bone-debian-7.4-2014-03-19-2gb.img.xz
a24ff9701a39ba23486b9e3ddc20fca8  bone-debian-7.4-2014-03-19-2gb.img.xz

2014-03-19 Changes

Add: ID.txt like Angstrom for version info.

Add: serial/dvi & ssh banner to:

Remove: Desktop root terminal (password is blank, this application requires one.)

Upgrade: u-boot v2014.04-rc2

LCD: disable DPMS/blanking mode
Cursor: set cursor via [xsetroot -cursor_name left_ptr] instead of xorg SWCursor true, fixes random lockups (Thanks Cody Lacey)

Added: beaglebone meta package

Added: libopencv-dev package

Added: libopencv-core-dev package


md5sum BBB-eMMC-flasher-debian-7.4-2014-03-04-2gb.img.xz
fd15e685b328eca7ec31e6edd72ac6f6  BBB-eMMC-flasher-debian-7.4-2014-03-04-2gb.img.xz
md5sum bone-debian-7.4-2014-03-04-2gb.img.xz
49c1dd902841560a80fba89bfd940a74  bone-debian-7.4-2014-03-04-2gb.img.xz