This page contains a list of all available releases and tools for the PinePhone in alphabetical order.
|Some releases may not have a good setup for the backlight at low brightness. If configured too low, the backlight shuts down completely, but the screen is still displayed and usable in bright front-light.
(Unofficial) Arch Linux ARM with choice of Phosh UI, Plasma Mobile, sxmo or barebones.
Get both stable and test builds at GitHub releases.
root (barebone only)
An (unofficial) vanilla Fedora rawhide build for aarch64 with megi’s kernel and some additional packages to tie it all together. It aims to eventually be an upstream part of the Fedora project, rather than a phone-specific distribution.
There is also an FTP server with images build every night @ ftp://pine.warpspeed.dk/nightly/pinephone/ (Mount this with something like Nautilus)
Nightly images (via FTP)
There are unofficial Gentoo overlays with ebuilds for the PinePhone. There are no images - the image must be built manually, including picking the kernel, bootloader and the desired desktop environment. The ARM64 version of Gentoo has to be selected.
The documentation can be found here:
|Please consider cross-compiling the software on the computer. Long compilation times and heat production can lead to a reduced lifespan of the phone.
A fully open-source port of Android and LineageOS to the PinePhone.
The official Kali Nethunter images for PinePhone and PinePhone Pro have been released now. For older/unofficial releases, you can still download from the GitHub releases page. Get Nethunter App for your PinePhone’s Kali Linux. Packet Injection is working now, use iwconfig instead of airmon-ng.
LuneOS is one of the original multi-tasking OS-es that runs on Linux. Based on HP/Palm’s webOS, merged with latest technology stack from LG called webOS OSE (a derivative of what LG uses on their Smart TV’s), software such as Qt5 and makes use of the Yocto build system.
In order to connect to the device using SSH/SCP via WiFi: You can simply connect via SSH/SCP via WiFi using the PinePhone’s IP address on port 22.
Maemo is a trimmed-down version of Debian for mobile devices, originally a collaboration between Nokia and many open source projects (the Maemo community) before Nokia abandoned it. The more well-known devices Maemo supports are the OpenMoko and N900. The community now takes full responsibility in developing fully open source Maemo for a variety of mobile devices. You may be interested to learn more about the features in their Maemo Leste FAQ.
Most discussion occurs at [ircs://irc.libera.chat:6697/#maemo-leste
irc.libera.chat] and this thread.
All other contact information is listed on the main page of the Maemo wiki.
Manjaro is a user-friendly Linux distribution based on the independently developed Arch operating system with the Plasma Mobile and Phosh desktop environment.
|Default credentials (Only Phosh)
The installation of the stable images is strongly suggested. The dev images might break frequently.
An unofficial Debian build for ARM64 running with Phosh (developed by Purism, uses Wayland instead of Xorg). The base system is pure Debian, with only the GUI applications and a few others (ModemManager, WiFi chip firmware) being built from modified sources (as well as the kernel and u-boot). Current version is Debian Bookworm.
|Tow-Boot is required to be able to boot the images, see here!
In order to connect to the device using SSH/SCP via WiFi, you need to install SSH on the device. You can do this by executing the following in a shell: "sudo apt-get install ssh", afterwards you can connect via SSH/SCP via WiFi using the PinePhone’s IP address on port 22.
|This is a demo image for testing different operating systems before installing a regular image. Attempting to use this image productively is highly discouraged. The kernel is shared across the different operating systems and is not updated.
This image allow users to try many Linux distributions easily, without having to figure out how to flash them individually and juggle with many microSD cards. Also called megi’s 15-in-1 multi boot image.
Update 2022-01-26, using megi’s kernel 5.16.2
DD image to SD card and boot. This image is for 16GiB or larger SD cards, also works if flashed to eMMC.
This is also a good build for charging depleted battery. Just boot up this build with power supply connected, keep the PinePhone charging for 3 hours at power down stage.
For more info on this build, please visit its entry the "News" section of its web page.
Download img.zst from author’s website (speed limited to 512KiB/s)
File name: multi.img.zst
File Size: 6.9GiB
Due to its size, download though torrent is suggested by the author on its main page.
seems to insist on
Note about zstd) archive file (`.zst`):
On Linux, you may install or compile
Also see Installation instructions.
NixOS is a Linux distribution built on top of the Nix package manager using declarative configuration to allow reliable system upgrades.
OpenMandriva Lx with Plasma Mobile as UI.
|This image is solely for testing purposes.
Our images use the same openSUSE Tumbleweed base as our desktop images, except what needs to be changed for the PinePhone. The images include zypper (RPM) as the default package manager, and have access to virtually the same (open source) software as our desktop repositories, thanks to the Factory ports. Using dnf is possible, if preferred.
To verify the images you need to import our GPG key. Keep on mind that the first boot may stay on black screen for about a minute - consequent boots should be faster.
You can find install instructions at this section in the openSUSE Wiki.
postmarketOS extends Alpine Linux to run on smartphones and other mobile devices. It offers various user interfaces (Phosh, Plasma Mobile, Sxmo, Plasma Desktop, Gnome 3, Kodi, XFCE4 and others).
As of writing, official images are provided with Phosh, Plasma Mobile and Sxmo. The official images come in two flavors, either as a test image to try out postmarketOS, or with the installer.
When using the installer images (recommended), it is possible to:
encrypt the installation
install from the SD card to eMMC
Power users may also create their own image with the distribution’s install and development tool
See the pine64-pinephone page of the postmarketOS wiki for details.
Rhino Linux is an Ubuntu-based distribution that uses the rolling-release model by tracking the devel` branch of repositories. The port is currently maintained by Oren Klopfer (oklopfer).
Tow-Boot is required for installing Rhino Linux. Instructions for installing Tow-Boot to the PinePhone can be found here. After Tow-Boot has been installed to your device, Rhino Linux installation just requires flashing the
.img.xz to an SD or the eMMC.
Rhino Linux Downloads (select Pine64 on the dropdown)
The Sailfish OS image is built on Gitlab CI. The latest image can be installed using the flashing script.
The script downloads the image and bootloader from the CI, extracts everything and burns it onto the SD card.
|The script will format and erase the SD card!
Download the flashing script
Insert a microSD card in your device
Make the script executable:
chmod +x flash-it.sh
Verify that you have the
Follow the instructions. Some commands in the script require root permissions (for example: mounting and flashing the SD card).
When asked where to flash, type 'raw' and it will build the image on your computer. Otherwise define the path /dev/[…]. to flash to card or internal emmc.
Set PIN on initialization.
Sometimes the first run stalls before the tutorial. Reboot and it will start from setting the security pin.
The homescreen may be locked unless you boot with a sim card inserted. An old expired sim will do. If you do not have a SIM card on hands, do NOT set a security code on first boot.
When a screen with a loading circle is displayed, just left/right swipe it away.
If you’re not familiar with Sailfish OS, pay attention to the tutorial - the interface works great, but is not immediately obvious. If you are familiar with it, you can skip the tutorial by touching all 4 corners starting top left.
What works, what does not work
See the Hardware Support section on the Mer Wiki’s PinePhone Page.
There is a limited selection of apps available from the Jolla store, the vast majority are hosted on openrepos.net. If the Storeman app for openrepos is not preinstalled, download the RPM and click to install.
How to contribute and report defects
See the documentation wiki at the github project for help and links.
See the Installation section on the Mer Wiki’s PinePhone Page for compile, build and development.
Git repo links are at the top of this OS section. other repos that may be helpful:
Mer Open Build Service page (Mer is being assimilated into Sailfish OS and OBS is shutting down, also see OpenStack is replacing OBS with another build system based on Jenkins, if it’s related, even OBS come back under Sailfish OS, it will be different.)
OTA is supported:
zypper refresh && zypper update as root (
devel-su to get root access). Things that need reflash are bootloader specific at the moment. If improvements like Crust or changes of partition layout are added, then you need to reflash.
Minimal in-memory cross-compiled OS optimized for hosting multiple in parallel Docker containers. Provides the reliability of firmware with the ease-of-use of package managers.
Upgrade over-the-air via a simple rsync script, or copying 3 files.
Uses the Buildroot cross-compilation tool for support for all Pine64 boards.
Use configuration packages to configure distro:
KDE Neon via Ubuntu repositories
Gentoo with Link-time Optimization & KDE Mobile or Phosh
Ubuntu Ports for PinePhone
Manjaro for PinePhone: KDE variant
Manjaro for PinePhone: Phosh variant
Manjaro for PinePhone: Lomiri variant
The boot-up OS is upgraded independently from the containers.
Slackware is the world’s oldest actively developed Linux distribution, providing a modern user land (applications) and Linux Kernel, within a more classic Unix Operating System environment.
A Mobile Version of the Ubuntu Operating System made and maintained by the UBports Community. The port is currently maintained by Oren Klopfer (oklopfer).
|Tow-Boot is required for installing the latest version of Ubuntu Touch (20.04) on the PinePhone. Instructions for installing Tow-Boot to the PinePhone can be found here.
Installation instructions can be found at this UBports post. After Tow-Boot has been installed to your device, Ubuntu Touch installation just requires flashing the .img.xz to an SD or the eMMC.
Set during boot
There are software tools, that can be booted on the PinePhone.
JumpDrive can be used to flash the eMMC (and the microSD card), see Installation instructions.
See https://github.com/dreemurrs-embedded/Jumpdrive/releases for the latest image. Make sure to download the "PinePhone" image and to unpack the archive before flashing.
Tow-Boot is a more user-friendly distribution of U-Boot. Can also mount internal storage as USB Mass Storage by holding the volume up button at startup before and during the second vibration and the LED will turn blue if done successfully.
See https://github.com/Tow-Boot/Tow-Boot/releases for the latest image. Make sure to download the image with pinephoneA64 in the name.
|The factorytest image for hardware testing appears to be no longer maintained.
On the Braveheart model, there was a postmarketOS based basic Factory Test OS pre-installed on the eMMC. The developer Martijn Braam from postmarketOS has improved the functionality of the image considerably later. Since the 20200501 version, it is able to test all the hardware. It also includes functionality to install a new OS to the eMMC when using with an test image that includes that OS image. The downloadable image just does the hardware tests. Do not flash eMMC to test your device, just flash it to microSD and test from there. New versions are distributed as part of the postmarketOS distribution.
|The magnetometer test will fail on the new Beta Edition, as the factory image wasn’t updated for it yet.
These are different operating system builds that was preloaded in the factory with testing utility.
Download the build, extract the image and dd it to a 8 GB or larger microSD card, then insert it into the PinePhone. After power up or reboot, you may perform and complete the test routine, or apply the build from microSD card to eMMC.
All the download links below are direct download from pine64.org.
|These images are for testing purposes only. If you are looking for an up-to-date image please select one from the software releases section instead.
Other ARM64 distributions might be installed as well, however this requires some tinkering and may not work well.
Distributions not on this page may not even boot after you follow this section. In the best case, they will be barely usable. This is more for fun, or if you would like to port a new distribution to the PinePhone.
Create a boot partition (from 4 MB to about 252 MB) and a root partition (from the end of boot to the end of the card) filesystem on the SD card.
Format the boot partition with vfat, and the root partition with a supported filesystem like ext4 or f2fs.
Extract the root filesystem from your distribution’s ARM image into the root filesystem on the SD card. Do not copy the partition, copy the files instead (in archive mode, like
/etc/fstabto match your partitions.
If you would like to see examples or specific commands for how to complete these steps, see:
Other software information