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Lightweight justice for your single-board computer!

optimised • simplified • for everyone


Ready to run optimised software choices with dietpi-software
Feature-rich configuration tool for your device with dietpi-config.


DietPi is an extremely lightweight Debian-based OS. It is highly optimised for minimal CPU and RAM resource usage, ensuring your SBC always runs at its maximum potential.

The dietpi programs use lightweight whiptail menus. You'll spend more time enjoying DietPi and applications you need and less time staring at the command line.

Use dietpi-software to quick and easy install Ready to Run & Optimised applications for your system. DietPi will do all the necessary configurations, including starting the services. Few highlights: Desktop Environments, Remote Desktop Access, Media Systems & Players, BitTorrent & Downloading, Cloud & Backup, Gaming & Emulation, Social & Search, Camera & Surveillance, Networking, System Stats & Management, Home Automation, Hardware & Voice Projects, Webserver Stacks, DNS Servers / Pi-hole, File Servers, Printing and much more.

Use dietpi-services to control which installed software has higher or lower priority levels (nice, affinity, policy scheduler).

dietpi-update automatically checks for updates and informs you when they are available. Update instantly, without having to write a new image. DietPi automation allows you to completely automate a DietPi installation with no user input, simply by configuring dietpi.txt before powering on.

The DietPi Project Team

The full list of code contributors can be viewed here.



Joined Q3 2017

Project lead (20/02/2019 and onwards), source code contributor, bug fixes, software improvements, DietPi forum administrator.

Daniel Knight

Project founder and previous project lead (19/02/2019 and previous), source code contributor and tester.


Joined 2016-06-08

DietPi forum co-administrator, management, support, testing and valuable feedback.


Joined 2017-07-26

Creator and maintainer of the first Clonezilla based installer images for x86_64 UEFI systems.


Joined Q4 2019

DietPi forum moderator, support, testing, bug reports + investigation and valuable feedback.


Joined Q4 2019

NanoPi image creator, tester and bug reports.


Joined 2020-05-31

DietPi documentation author, product manager, SEO and DietPi visibility recommendations.


Joined 2020-10-11

Source code contributor, creator of the DietPi-Dashboard and many software implementations.


Joined 2018-04-16

Creator and maintainer of the first DietPi Hyper-V images.


DietPi + Amiberry

Since 2016-09-02

Joint venture to bring you the ultimate Amiga experience on your SBC, running lightweight and optimised DietPi at its core: #474

Hall of Fame


Joined 2016-01-01

Contributions to the DietPi in general, in-depth testing, bug finding and valuable feedback, forum moderator.


Joined 2016-03-20

DietPi forum moderator and version history maintainer on forums.


Joined 2018-03-01

Contributions to the DietPi in general, including source code, testing, new devices, forum moderator.


Joined 2015-10-10

Provided web hosting for 1 year until April 17th 2016. Additionally: forum moderator, testing, bug reporting.


Joined 2016-04-01

Contributions to the DietPi in general, including source code and VirtualBox image creation/conversion.


Joined 2016-10-01

Created the first DietPi image for NanoPi M3/T3.


Git coders, please use the active development branch: dev

Are you able to:

  • Provide feedback and/or test areas of DietPi, to improve the user experience?
  • Report bugs?
  • Improve/add more features to the DietPi website or documentation?
  • Compile software for our supported SBCs?
  • Contribute to DietPi with programming on GitHub?
  • Suggest new software that we can add to the dietpi-software install system?

If so, let us know! We are always looking for talented people who believe in the DietPi project, and, wish to contribute in any way you can.

Also read our contribute page for an overview of way to support DietPi.


DietPi Copyright (C) 2022 Contributors

This program is free software: you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the terms of the GNU General Public License as published by the Free Software Foundation, either version 2 of the License, or any later version.

This program is distributed in the hope that it will be useful, but WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY; without even the implied warranty of MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE. See the GNU General Public License for more details.

You should have received a copy of the GNU General Public License along with this program. If not, see


DietPi Source

DietPi Files

  • All files located in (recursively):
    • /var/lib/dietpi/
    • /var/tmp/dietpi/
    • /boot/dietpi/
  • /boot/dietpi.txt
  • /boot/config.txt (RPi)
  • /boot/boot.ini (Odroid)
  • All files prefixed with: dietpi-

The above GPLv2 documentation also applies to all mentioned files!

3rd Party Sources/Credits

Links to hardware and software manufacturers, sources and build instructions used in DietPi:

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