This page contains a list of all available operating systems for the Quartz64 in alphabetical order, as well as links to other resources.

Software releases

You are strongly encouraged to procure a 3.3V UART serial adapter capable of running at 1.5 mbauds, such as the Woodpecker if you want to use a Quartz64, as some images' U-Boot may have no video output on this chip.
Note: The images are provided by the community, not by PINE64. Most community projects currently aim at getting mainline Linux running on the board, not some vendor provided kernel that will never be receiving updates. A mainline-first approach allows for the boards to continue receiving important updates, such as security updates, for years to come, as well as have higher quality code in the kernel as it underwent independent review, but does mean that not all aspects of the hardware work right out of the gate.



Armbian is a base operating system platform for single board computers

  • Lightweight Debian or Ubuntu based Linux distribution specialized for ARM development boards

  • Each system is compiled, assembled and optimized by Armbian Build Tools

  • It has powerful build and software development tools to make custom builds


This image appears to have issues detecting more than 2GB of RAM.It is strongly recommended to use a different distribution.




DietPi is a lightweight, yet easy to setup and feature-rich Linux distribution, based on Debian. To find out more about DietPi, please visit the official documentation. Discuss the Quartz64 builds on the PINE64 forum thread.


Default credentials

Root user


Manjaro ARM

Manjaro logo

Manjaro ARM is a user friendly rolling release distribution, based on Arch Linux ARM.



Most of the hardware support is already available in the mainline kernel. If some devices doesn’t work it is possible to swap to the linux-quartz64 kernel pacman -S linux-quartz64.

Following desktop options available:

  • Gnome

  • KDE Plasma

  • Mate

  • Sway

  • XFCE as well as minimal image without desktop.


NetBSD is a free, fast, secure, and highly portable Unix-like Open Source operating system. It relies upon the UEFI support in Tianocore. Before NetBSD 10 is released, the latest version of NetBSD-current should be used.


  • NetBSD daily builds top level from inside here, navigate to a date, and inside the images/ subdirectory are installable images. Use the one called "NetBSD-<version>-evbarm-aarch64-install.img.gz".


  • This image can be written to a supported device, such as the eMMC interface, any USB storage device, NVMe, and PCIe AHCI SATA are all supported with builds after 2022-01-15.

  • Currently this can not be shared with the EDK2 port, ie, microSD for EDK2 and some other media for NetBSD.


Plebian stands for P*INE64 *L*ive D*ebian and aims to be a fairly vanilla live Debian image for Quartz64 and SOQuartz devices, based on Debian Bookworm.

To flash, run (replace /dev/sdX with your target block device):

$ xzcat imagename.img.xz | sudo dd of=/dev/sdX bs=4M oflag=dsync status=progress

Some quick notes:

  • You will be asked to change your password on first login (for what the default login is, read the instructions)

  • Root file system is grown to take up the entire space of your boot device

  • NetworkManager is used instead of Debian’s interfaces config to be more flexible with what adapters are plugged in and working

  • An sshd is started on port 22 with freshly generated keys

Tianocore EDK II port by jmcneill

This (as of 2021-12-30) is a work in progress to enable UEFI enabled systems, and is able to bring up SD, eMMC, USB, PCIe with SATA and NVMe, HDMI, thermal sensors, TRNG, as well as general Cortex A-55 features. Known to work with NetBSD -current, and the ESXi Arm fling version 1.8.



  • The microSD card image should be written to an microSD card and installed. Currently, using the same card for the operating system as well may be problematic.


The *BSP Linux SDK ver 4.19_ for the Quartz64 Model A.


  • Direct download from (32.67GB, MD5 of the TAR-GZip file 24554419aec29700add97167a3a4c9ed)

Android SDK

Android 11 SDK

The Android 11 SDK for the Quartz64 Model A SBC.


Android 11 Production Test Builds

Android 11 Stock

The Android 11 Stock images for eMMC boot for the Quartz64 Model A. This is test build that was used during product testing.



  • Write the disk images to the eMMC modules using the USB adapter, for example using dd.

  • Please allow 3-5 minutes boot up time on first time for initialization.

Android 11 Production Test Build

The Android 11 Production Test Build for the Quartz64 model A for eMMC boot using ROCKChip tools method. This is a test build that was used during product testing.


  • Direct download from (812MB, MD5 of the Gzip file 800f867fdd0d1b2bd7822c156b6067e3, build 20210604)


  • Please unzip first and then using Rockchip Android tool ver 2.84 to flash in

  • For Windows OS environment please install the DriverAssistant v5.11 driver first

  • The OTG port located at top USB 2.0 port on top of USB 3.0 port, needs USB type A to type A cable.

  • Please allow 3-5 minutes boot up time on first time for initialization