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Signed-off-by: Manuel Traut <manut@linutronix.de>
Latest commit f971494 Aug 14, 2017



ELBE is the E.mbedded L.inux B.uild E.nvironment. It can be used to build embedded Linux Rootfilesystems based on Debian packages.

ELBE runs on Debian Linux Host Systems.

Software Dependencies

If using ELBE from git repository directly, you’ll need following packages installed:

apt install python python-mako python-lxml python-apt python-gpgme python-pyme python-suds tmux qemu-utils qemu-kvm p7zip-full make

Crash Course

  1. use a Elbe XML file (e.g. from /usr/share/doc/elbe/examples or examples/ in the elbe source tree)

  2. run "./elbe initvm create ./examples/armhf-ti-beaglebone-black.xml

    • This command creates an initvm directory in the current working directory,

    • installs and starts a virtual buildenvironemnt

    • within this build environment the beaglebone-black image will be built

    • after the build finished the build results will be copied into elbe-build-<TIMESTAMP>

  3. copy the rfs to a sdcard: sudo dd if=elbe-build*/sdcard.img of=/dev/mmcblk0

Report bugs or any other feedback

Please use the Issue tracker on github, or report bugs or success stories to <elbe-devel@linutronix.de>.


The project is hosted on github: https://github.com/linutronix/elbe

To get the source use: git clone https://github.com/linutronix/elbe

IRC: irc://irc.freenode.net/elbe