Buildroot overlay for Open Power
Latest commit 2627c9c Oct 18, 2018

OpenPOWER Firmware Build Environment

The OpenPOWER firmware build process uses Buildroot to create a toolchain and build the various components of the PNOR firmware, including Hostboot, Skiboot, OCC, Petitboot etc.


See the doc/ directory for documentation source. Contributions are VERY welcome!


Issues, Milestones, pull requests and code hosting is on GitHub:

See for howto contribute code.

Building an image

To build an image for a Palmetto system:

git clone --recursive
cd op-build
. op-build-env
op-build palmetto_defconfig && op-build

There are also default configurations for other platforms in openpower/configs/. Current POWER8 platforms include Habanero, Firestone, and Garrison. Current POWER9 platforms include Witherspoon, Boston (p9dsu), Romulus, and Zaius.

Buildroot/op-build supports both native and cross-compilation - it will automatically download and build an appropriate toolchain as part of the build process, so you don't need to worry about setting up a cross-compiler. Cross-compiling from a x86-64 host is officially supported.

Dependencies for 64-bit Ubuntu/Debian systems

  1. Install Ubuntu (>= 14.04) or Debian (>= 7.5) 64-bit.

  2. Enable Universe (Ubuntu only):

     sudo apt-get install software-properties-common
     sudo add-apt-repository universe
  3. Install the packages necessary for the build:

     sudo apt-get install cscope ctags libz-dev libexpat-dev \
       python language-pack-en texinfo \
       build-essential g++ git bison flex unzip \
       libssl-dev libxml-simple-perl libxml-sax-perl libxml2-dev libxml2-utils xsltproc \
       wget bc

Dependencies for 64-bit Fedora systems

  1. Install Fedora 25 64-bit (older Fedora should also work).

  2. Install the packages necessary for the build:

     sudo dnf install gcc-c++ flex bison git ctags cscope expat-devel patch \
       zlib-devel zlib-static texinfo perl-bignum "perl(XML::Simple)" \
       "perl(YAML)" "perl(XML::SAX)" "perl(Fatal)" "perl(Thread::Queue)" \
       "perl(Env)" "perl(XML::LibXML)" "perl(Digest::SHA1)" libxml2-devel \
       which wget unzip tar cpio python bzip2 bc findutils ncurses-devel