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Since some time the Banana Pi is supported in the Linux kernel and U-Boot. Arch Linux ARM does not support the board yet, but it is possible to get it working with an upstream U-Boot.

SD card Image

First we to create an SD card image, since the BananaPi is also ARMv7 we can use the Cubieboard 2 installation instructions Follow the steps until step 6, “Install the U-Boot bootloader”. We will have to compile our own u-boot for the board.


The next step is creating a u-boot image. Make sure you have the following packages installed on Arch Linux.

  • git
  • arm-none-eabi-gcc # ARM cross compiler

Now follow the following steps.

git clone git://
cd u-boot
make -j4 ARCH=arm CROSS_COMPILE=arm-none-eabi- Bananapi_defconfig 
make -j4 ARCH=arm CROSS_COMPILE=arm-none-eabi-

If everything went fine you should have an U-Boot image: u-boot-sunxi-with-spl.bin. Now dd the image to your sdcard, where /dev/sdX is your sdcard.

sudo dd if=u-boot-sunxi-with-spl.bin of=/dev/sdX bs=1024 seek=8

Flush buffers


Now mount the sdcard again.

mount /dev/sdX1 mnt
wget -O mnt/boot/boot.scr
umount /dev/sdX1

Booting & Serial

Instructions on getting serial working are on the sunxi wiki.