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A Raspberry Pi distribution to to run CraftBeerPi : The Raspberry PI base Home Brewing Software out of the box and the scripts necessary to load it at boot. This repository contains the source script to generate the distribution out of an existing Raspbian distro image. You can download a built image here

Where to get it?

Official mirror is here

How to use it?

  1. Unzip the image and install it to an SD card like any other Raspberry Pi image
  2. Configure your WiFi by editing craftbeerpios-network.txt or craftbeerpios-wpa-supplicant.txt on the root of the flashed card when using it like a flash drive
  3. Boot the Pi from the SD card
  4. Go to http://craftbeerpi.local:5000.
  5. If needed Log into your Pi via SSH (it is located at craftbeerpi.local if your computer supports bonjour or the IP address assigned by your router), default username is "pi", default password is "raspberry", change the password using the passwd command and expand the filesystem of the SD card through the corresponding option when running sudo raspi-config.


  • Raspberrypi 2 and newser or device running Armbian, Older Rasperry Pis are not currently supported. See Raspberry Pi and Raspberry Pi.
  • 2A power supply


  • CraftBeerPi v2.2 out of the box



  1. qemu-arm-static
  2. CustomPiOS
  3. Downloaded Raspbian image.
  4. root privileges for chroot
  5. Bash
  6. realpath
  7. sudo (the script itself calls it, running as root without sudo won't work)

Build CraftBeerPi From within Raspbian / Debian / Ubuntu

CraftBeerPi can be built from Debian, Ubuntu, Raspbian. Build requires about 2.5 GB of free space available. You can build it by issuing the following commands:

sudo apt-get install realpath p7zip-full qemu-user-static

git clone
git clone
cd CraftBeerPi/src/image
wget -c --trust-server-names ''
cd ..
sudo modprobe loop
sudo bash -x ./build_dist

Building CustomPiOS Variants

CustomPiOS supports building variants, which are builds with changes from the main release build. An example and other variants are available in the folder src/variants/example.

To build a variant use:

sudo bash -x ./build_dist [Variant]

Building Using Vagrant

There is a vagrant machine configuration to let build CraftBeerPi in case your build environment behaves differently. Unless you do extra configuration, vagrant must run as root to have nfs folder sync working.

To use it:

sudo apt-get install vagrant nfs-kernel-server
sudo vagrant plugin install vagrant-nfs_guest
sudo modprobe nfs
cd CustomPiOS/src/vagrant
sudo vagrant up

After provisioning the machine, its also possible to run a nightly build which updates from devel using:

cd CustomPiOS/src/vagrant

To build a variant on the machine simply run:

cd CraftBeerPi/src/vagrant [Variant]


  1. If needed, override existing config settings by creating a new file src/config.local. You can override all settings found in src/config. If you need to override the path to the Raspbian image to use for building OctoPi, override the path to be used in ZIP_IMG. By default, the most recent file matching * found in src/image will be used.
  2. Run src/build_dist as root.
  3. The final image will be created in src/workspace

Code contribution would be appreciated!


RaspberryPi distro that runs CraftBeerPi out of the box




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