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Basic Requirements

  • Power supply with micro USB connector (2.5A recommended)
  • Micro SD card (4GB+)
  • Monitor with HDMI cable
  • Keyboard and Mouse

Setting up your SD card

Download an operating system image:

 Official Asus TinkerOS 1.8 - [762MB]

(Android and other OS are also available - see Software)

Write this to an SD card with Etcher on Windows / Mac /Linux ( ) or Win32DiskImager (


Insert microSD into the tinkerboard and it should boot to a desktop after 30 seconds or so.

Note The screen will remain blank during bootup - no text displayed until the desktop appears


Alternatively, dd command can be used in Linux.(adapted from arch linux wiki)

Run the following command, replacing /dev/sdx with your drive, e.g. /dev/sdc. (Do not append a partition number, so do not use something like /dev/sdc1. To find out the name of your SD card use lsblk command. Make sure that it is not mounted.)

dd bs=4M if=/path/to/tinkeros.img of=/dev/sdx status=progress && sync

Wait for the command sync to complete before unplugging the SD card to ensure the data was written completely.

Experienced users can SSH in immediately with user/pass linaro:linaro

Beware, it is not possible to connect to Tinker Board with command "ssh 192.168.x.x", without specifying the username along with the ip address although when run without the username you will be presented with the same login screen but it will not be possible to log in with given credentials. The following command should be used instead.

ssh username@ipaddress

For instance, if username stays unchanged and the ip address is, the command should look like "ssh linaro@"

To figure out the ip address of wifi/LAN connection use command sudo ifconfig or just ip addr . Alternatively, router's ip address should be used in any browser to access the router settings(for instance where it is also possible to check and set static ip address for the Tinker Board. To set static the ip address it is imporant to know the MAC address of wifi/LAN card which can be done with sudo ifconfig or ip addr commands.