We will walk you through the steps of flashing Ubuntu Core on an Orange Pi Zero. At the end of this process, you will have a board ready for production or testing snaps.
An Ubuntu SSO account is required to create the first user on an Ubuntu Core installation.
- Start by creating an Ubuntu SSO account
- Import an SSH Key into your Ubuntu SSO account on this page. Instructions to generate an SSH Key on your computer can be found here
- An Orange Pi Zero
- A microSD card
- A USB to TTL Serial Cable
- An Ethernet cable (for first setup)
- A 5V power supply rated at 2 amps and a cable with a micro USB plug
screeninstalled on your host computer (
sudo apt install screen)
- Copy the Ubuntu Core image on the SD card by following the installation media instructions ›
- Insert the SD card into the board.
- Connect the Ethernet cable to the board and to the network.
- Connect the TTL end of the TTL to USB cable, to the three pins next to the Ethernet port. On this diagram, they are identified by the label "Debug serial port". The pin layout is, from the outside to the inside:
- Connect the USB end of the cable into your host computer, open a terminal and run
sudo screen /dev/ttyUSB0 115200to open a listening connection to the board.
- Power on the board. The terminal on your host computer should display the boot sequence. If not, please ensure the TTL to USB cable is correctly connected.
- The system will boot then become ready to configure
- The device will display the prompt “Press enter to configure”
- Press enter then select “Start” to begin configuring your network and an administrator account. Follow the instructions on the screen, you will be asked to configure your network and enter your Ubuntu SSO credentials
- At the end of the process, you will see your credentials to access your Ubuntu Core machine:
This device is registered to <Ubuntu SSO email address>. Remote access was enabled via authentication with the SSO user <Ubuntu SSO user name> Public SSH keys were added to the device for remote access.
Once setup is done, you can login with SSH into Ubuntu Core, from a machine on the same network, using the following command:
ssh <Ubuntu SSO user name>@<device IP address>
The user name is your Ubuntu SSO user name, it has been reminded to you at the end of the account configuration step.
- During setup,
console-confwill download the SSH key registered with your Store account and configure it so you can log into the device via
ssh <Ubuntu SSO account name>@<device IP address>without a password.
- There is no default
ubuntuuser on these images, but you can run
sudo passwd <account name>to set a password in case you need a local console login.
Your board is ready to have snaps installed — get started with the
You can install a classic Ubuntu environment on top of Ubuntu Core to have a fully-fledged development environment and develop snaps on target ›