Getting ready for launch: first root filesystem available for download

I need to start this post with a huge thank you to Webfusion, who have donated a server to the Raspberry Pi Foundation for downloads; and to Liam Fraser, who is administering it for us (at the same time as filming Raspberry Pi tutorials, doing exams and generally being a busy and fantastic volunteer).

Because we anticipate an awful lot of download traffic, we’re having to limit the number of direct HTTP downloads which are available so our shiny new server doesn’t fall over under the strain. We would strongly encourage you to torrent the images instead. After a certain number of HTTP downloads have been made, all the disc images you’ll download from us will only be available as torrents, so you’ll need to install a client like BitTorrent before you start so you can download the files. It goes without saying, but if you torrent the image, please help us out by seeding.

This disc image is not the one we expect people to be using as standard (that’s from Fedora, and has some other exciting stuff bundled with it, which we hope to be putting up over the next few days). It’s the Cambridge reference filesystem, which is a fully functional Debian Squeeze installation containing LXDE (desktop) and Midori (browser); development tools; and sample code for accessing the multimedia functionality on the device.

Head over to our new downloads page, and get downloading!

Edited to add: we’ve been really overwhelmed by the number of you who have so generously been offering to host download mirrors for us, so people don’t have to use a torrent client. Thank you all very much. If you are hosting a mirror, you can help us out by adding a link to – and it would also help us enormously if you could let us know how many downloads you’re seeing, which will help us gauge the sort of numbers we need to be looking at for future batches of the Raspberry Pi itself. You can email me via the contacts page.


Kevin Stabel avatar


Florian K. avatar

here is a mirror (2x1Gbit server, 50TB Traffic – more if needed):

Its a direct link:

Stefan avatar

50 TB? well… the zip is ~1 GB, so it would be at least 50.000 downloads. srsly?

If you max out, I hope there are more than 10k raspi’s already in production!

Nelson avatar

Gentlemen start your VMs

Kevin Stabel avatar

err it’s arm …

Anyway, downloading and seeding …

Future buyer avatar

Thanks for this download and thank you Webfusion for supplying the server!

Currently mirroring the torrent to a 1Gbit-server to supply some more bandwidth.

Liam Fraser avatar

That sounds amazing mate! Cheers :) avatar

another seed here

ukscone avatar

i’m waiting so i can d/l via http as i don’t have a bittorent client inside my dev vm but as soon as I can grab it i’ll post instrucutions on how to extract it and configure scratchbox2 in the dev vm to use it. Now everyone stop downloading it for a few minutes please :) and get off my lawn

The Rufmeister-General avatar

You know what would be an excellent way for a non-profit foundation like you to get this useful, free software in the hands of the users it’s intended for, without costing you a lot of (donated) money, that is better used for other, useful things? Thepiratebay. Also: megaupload. :)

Tozzi avatar

May R.I.P. :/

Shane Hudson avatar

I too am downloading and seeding.. upload is double download, which is pretty bad when I normally get 20Mbps download and upload is capped at 1Mbps!

wrhii avatar

Will you be posting a Fedora link too?

liz avatar

Of course – that’s the distro we hope you’ll all be using on your brand new Raspis!

Greg_E avatar

Are we still going to be able to buy SD cards with the OS preinstalled when we buy the boards? If so then I won’t bother with the Fedora based download when it is available.

JamesH avatar


Greg_E avatar

Now I just hope I can get in line early enough to get one.

Gert avatar

Yes, but due time.
Not sure yet when that is available.

Jesper Juhl avatar

Don’t really care about Fedora myself, but once there’s an Arch Linux image available I’m going to grab it and seed it :-)

Hope I’ll be able to get a Pi from the first batch, but I doubt it. I think they are going to sell like hot Pi’s and will be gone in hours…

David Bell avatar

Why Fedora?

Why not stick with Debian?

Will all the “exciting stuff” being bundled with Fedora be made available for those of us that can’t stand RedHat/Fedora/RPM based Distributions?

JamesH avatar

Why not? (although I don’t know why not Debian as default)

There will be a number of distro’s available – the exciting stuff should work on all of them.

evoman91 avatar

Another seed on 100mbit uplink.

Mario avatar

10 comments and the direct HTTP server is overloaded… lol

Alfredo Agudo avatar

Last steps towards launching!
I have two (quite off-topic) questions:
– Do you plan to publish the schematics of the pcb?
– Is it possible to use (when available in substantial quantities) T
the RPI for commercial purposes unrelated to education? Or will there be any legal obstacle?

piglet avatar

As I understand it:

1) Yes – they even want other people manufacturing!
2) Yes, no restrictions have been mentioned.

mkopack avatar

Slurping it down as I type! YAY for torrents!

Guess I better go pick up a nice big SD card this weekend….

Future buyer avatar

HTTP-mirror @ for the next hour!!!!

Hope other people will mirror as well

ieti avatar

Seeding torrent too. :)

Visp avatar

another seed here with 100Mb.

A Milton avatar


Brian Smith avatar

Quick question before download – how big is the unzipped image? Does it require a specific SD card size to use? (e..g 2G) or will it work on any size?

liz avatar

The image is 2GB – so you’ll need a card of at least 2GB!

psergiu avatar

It would be excellent if you would specify the size of the unpacked images on the download pages – so people know what size of SD card should have ready.


JamesH avatar

It’s 2GB, but will fit on anything that size or above.

Jan-Erik avatar

Got you another http mirror on my server:

JimboStlawrence avatar

Many thanks Jan-Erik!

SN avatar

Many thanks

Edek avatar

When providers cry about data usage, and servers run short of bandwidth… …the seeders come to the rescue and save the foundation!

-Do your part and seed, seed, seed

Jorge Gutierrez avatar


Is Feb 20th still the planned release for purchase date?
If so, has a time been decided ?

Thanks a lot.

liz avatar

No – it’s never been the release for purchase date. It’s the date the factory finishes production. Before we can sell them, we need to QA them and get them shipped out to distribution depots, so it’ll be some days after that.

zerth avatar

I’ll be seeding from two separate pipes, as well.

Michel G avatar

Hi Raspberry Pi Crew,

I have a server available as a mirror if needed. I am willing to offer up some TB’s traffic to this project. The server is located in EvoSwitch (NL) and has a 1Gbit/s uplink. It can serve as both a seedbox as a HTTP mirror. Please let me know if your interested.

Greetings from the Caribbean!

ruffner7 avatar
ruffner7 avatar

Thats a 500Mbit link by the way.

ukscone avatar

just posted quick instructions on how to use the rootfs with the development vm

Lee avatar

Roughly 1 hour since you posted and the torrent has 337 seeders (including me :)
That’s impressive!

max1zzz avatar

sweet, i gotta grab the torrent, i will seed for at least a week after the rpi is released wish i could offer a http mirror, but as my server is not in a datacenter i think our router would melt (although i can offer my torrent tracker if you should ever want to use it)

Mario avatar
Kura avatar

UK mirror, no restrictions –

Timo Witte avatar

Wow, my download speed via torrent was ~180Mbit ;) now seeding. ratio is at 26.3. There seems to be much much interest in the raspberrypi.. hope they are not sold out when i want to order one.

ReCat avatar

God damn it, comcast! Why must you block torrents?! I can’t download it. HTTP server is out of slots. D: Mass hysteria.

liz avatar

There are quite a few people mirroring the HTTP download – some are giving links out in the comments here, and some on Twitter.

SBM avatar

French HTTP Mirror for a while at least:

Mark Moore avatar
Mark Moore avatar

confirmed sha1sum here – 4bf7a47151ab6f1835be53ec99d8d750861213d4

Jock in a Frock avatar

Thanks Liz & the team who put this image together.

Currently seeding, so adding my bit to the spread of this file (I don’t want your shiny new Webfusion server to melt).

Could someone please put together a quick how-to on the best way to get this image onto an SD card? Is it best to do it through my Debian VM? Or is there a simpler way to do it through Windows?

I have an 8Gb Samsung SD card and a reader.

N avatar

Just wanted to say “be careful” with third-party mirrors. I haven’t checked any of the mirrors, but the files might be corrupt, either because a bad guy added malware, or because some volunteering guy who wants to offer a mirror had his own computer infected. The file has 835830118 bytes (797.1MiB) after I got it from the torrent. If you want to make sure you got the official release, check the downloads page for the SHA1 sum. On Linux/Unix, you can use the command line tool “sha1sum” like this:
$ sha1sum

and it should print this:

ErmannoA avatar

If you download on Mac OS use:
$ openssl sha1
to verify your file.

should return:
SHA1( = 4bf7a47151ab6f1835be53ec99d8d750861213d4

shyd avatar

Another HTTP mirror with up to 100Mbit:

shyd avatar

Note: hosted on

Carlos avatar

To write the image in Linux (doublecheck that SDB is your SD card!!!):
sudo dd if=debian6-17-02-2012.img of=/dev/sdb bs=1M

no avatar


xspamo avatar

To discover where your SD card is (I am using Ubuntu 11.10)
plug your SD card into your computer
enter terminal
sudo fdisk -l
This will display info on all the disks mounted on your computer
Your SD card will be identified something like this:

Disk /dev/xxxxxx: 3980 MB, 3900394496 bytes

xxxxxx is the name of your SD card, the size is dependent on your SD card size.

oninoshiko avatar

I’ll seed for a while, atleast until they are avalible or the bossman tells me to knock it off.

Noah Collins avatar


Florian K. avatar

here is another mirror (1Gbit server):

Its a direct link:

Mark avatar

Wonderful news. I’m torrenting and leaving the torrent wide open so that there are lots and lots and lots of seeds. (You should, too!)

Bram avatar

New mirror (20TB datatraffic, will be expanded if needed):

Barry Mead avatar

I downloaded the file using bit torrent and while the sha1 sum for the zip file itself matched the one posted on the download link (leading me conclude that the file downloaded properly), the unzipped img file debian6-17-02-2012.img with it’s accompanying sha1 check file debian6-17-02-2012.img.sha1
don’t match with each other. I thought you might want to know that you zipped up an image with a non-matching check file so that you can correct this issue in the future. (I am sending you this to help reduce your support efforts.) Thanks for posting the image I am sure it is correct, but I am equally sure that you will get questions about this mismatched check file as well. Take Care, Barry Mead

liz avatar

Thanks for spotting that. I’ve asked Liam to have a look at it tomorrow.

Liam Fraser avatar

Hi Barry.

It all looks good from the file I have. I used the command ‘unzip’ and then ‘sha1sum’ to verify the .img file and get identical results. File was compressed using ‘zip’.

It’s odd that you got a missmatch. Would like to hear more on this.



TJB avatar

The difference is because the sha1 checksum posted on the download page is for the zip file, The sha1 checksum for the img file is for the unzipped version, that is, the img file that’s inside the zip file, or debian6-17-02-2012.img. I just checked, and each checksum matches its respective zip and img version of the file.

jojopi avatar

Internal sha1sum is definitely correct here using 7zip too.

Mike Classing avatar

It looks like the sum provided in the zip file is of the .img file only. The sum provided on the downloads page is of the entire zip archive. Under this assumption, I ran the check both ways. Both sums checked out.

Stefan avatar

Of course, the included checksum in the zip-file can only be for the img itself, not the zipfile.

Sure, you could create the zip, calculate checksums, and then “append” or “modify” the checksum file. But that itself would change the zip-file, and the checksums would mismatch, and is therefore impossible to solve [insert recursive mathematical proof], except perhaps by using hash-colission tricks and pad the archive to match the checksum, etc.

Themis avatar

I have one 100mbit connection and I am going to seed 24/7, any file that gets up.
Thank you guys so much by the way.

Patrick Van Oosterwijck avatar

Finally I have found a good use for my excessive 10TB of monthly bandwidth that came with my VPS! *lol*
I’m mirroring the image on my website, there’s a link in top right corner.

Rafael avatar

Sorry for the naive question, but is the processor 32 or 64 bits?

liz avatar


Lars T. Hansen avatar

It is not a x86 32-bit processor, it is a ARMv6 32-bit processor. That means x86 software cannot run on a Rasberry Pi.

The Adobe Flash Player doesn’t work on Raspberry pi, f.x..

Rafael avatar

Thank you Liz and Lars :)

Martin avatar

Well they managed to get Flash on ARMv6 androids, so there is hope.

Lynbarn avatar

Well done all, and thanks. the first of many I hope.

However, I’ve downloaded the torrent, and it is now seeding, but I can’t get it to work.
I loaded it onto an SD card, took the hard disk out of my PC and rebooted. Nothing happened! ;)

George Robertson avatar

It will not work on your normal x86 PC. Use it with a Raspberry Pi when they arrive or in an emulator.

Sander avatar

lynbarn: it’s an image for the Raspi with its ARM processor, not for a PC with a x86 processor.

scep avatar

Lynbarn is (deliberately but a bit too subtly ;)) giving us a taste of the sort of post that we will be seeing a lot of in future :D

hammersmith avatar

Another mirror (Russia) at Already seeding at 4500 Kb/s.

Martin Brook (vgrade) avatar

Booted to command prompt on second attempt. First attempt no prompt.

Now to sort password

liz avatar

The username/pw are on the downloads page.

Martin Brook (vgrade) avatar

Liz Hi,

pi user password is but not the root password.

I’m also seeing no eth0 interface.

I am assuming the image is compatible with an alpha board which it may not be.



jojopi avatar

User pi is in sudoers. There is no root password.

Martin Brook (vgrade) avatar


manicgeek avatar
sirspudd avatar

You advocate the use of dd in deployment, but that is slow as hell unless you pass whole bunch of parameters to increase the read/write byte count.

Nope, I just cat that turkey:

cat foo > /dev/sdx

is glorious

Adam avatar

Download link for debian available on tinyuploadz! We will be hosting all of the Raspberry pi images! Spread the links around to your friends.

Tee avatar

Public HTTP 1GB/s Mirror –
Best for people in Europe.

All the downloads will be added when released.

Coldragon avatar

Omg ! Downloaded and Seeded ! Need VM *_*

[…] erste Debian-Image für SD-Karten. Weitere Distributionen sollen folgen. Infos dazu auf der Projekt-Webseite, Download siehe […]

Daniel Doyle avatar

This shows the real power of torrents. They are not just about sharing the latest X-Men movie. Can’t wait for the release of the ‘little computer that could’

ukscone avatar

/opt/vc is an interesting directory. no config.txt in the FAT partition so I assume we’ll need to d/l a new rootfs or drop that file in once it’s finalized?

Martin Brook (vgrade) avatar

Yea, that’s the interesting directory allright :)



Liam Fraser avatar

The config.txt is optional. I think that’s what I read in doms thread so you just create one if you want one. These are the finalized images for the initial release as far as I know!

Cheers :)

Tee avatar

HTTP mirrored here –
This mirror will contain all future releases of images for the raspberry pi.

Robert_M avatar

Thank you! Much appreciated :-)
I didn’t realize Comcast was blocking torrents until someone else mentioned it. Explains why nothing happened for half an hour…

Bumsfallera avatar

Another mirror (Germany) 50 mbit
torrent running as well =) (on seperate speed limit)

Paul Kendall avatar

Currently seeding at 5Mbits/s

FilimoniC avatar

Seeding torrent, 100Mbps

T Reaves avatar

What is the purpose of this? It’s not what you plan on shipping with the Pi, and it’s not what you expect users to use. So, why? Just to waste a lot of bandwidth?

JamesH avatar

Informational purposes as much as anything – people can look at it and use it to plan their own distro. And it does work on a Raspi…

Liam Fraser avatar

Some people have a preferred distro and would like to use that one also :)

plugwash avatar

Many linux users have far more familiarity with the debian family than the redhat family (and vice-versa of course). For such users the learning curve of the pi will be much lower if they can get a distro from their preferred family on the pi rather than having to learn a completely new set of tools.

So IMO given that they have a debian filesystem it makes sense to release it upfront.

leejohn02 avatar

uploaded here too feel free to download from our 100mb server

MoonTEC avatar

I think Windows users may find Image Writer ( ) to be more user friendly than windd.

Robert_M avatar

Thanks for this!
I went to the windd page and felt like I had to learn a whole new language to figure out what was going on.

FluxOnline avatar

Ill seed the Torrent for ya!

W avatar

Here’s an other mirror hosted in Germany.. should be 100Mbit.. HF

oztrailrider avatar

Great to see the software out there in the wild now. Currently seeding it on Bittorrent.

[…] February 18th, 2012 cnxsoft Leave a comment Go to commentsThe Raspberry Pi Foundation has just released the first SD Card Image that you will be able to use with your Raspberry Pi board. this image is based on Debian Squeeze […]

[…] QEMU February 18th, 2012 cnxsoft Leave a comment Go to commentsThe Raspberry Pi Foundation has just released the first SD Card Image that you will be able to use with your Raspberry Pi board. This image is based on Debian Squeeze […]

cnxsoft avatar

Over 1000 seeds, the bit-torrent download is blazing fast.

Sander avatar

Ha, much more seeders than leechers:

Seeders: 1064
Leechers: 81
Downloads: 2365

So leechers will have more than enough download speed … bittorrent FTW!

Lack Thereof avatar

To anyone using a mirror: For the love of god, checksum your image.

To Liz: Please please please put checksums of the official files in the body of the post, because the downloads page has been periodically inaccessible, and a lot of people are using untrusted 3rd party mirrors from the comments.

Also, totally could have launched with just an official torrent, and one dude on a consumer-grade home connection seeding. This has the level of popularity to make that work. You get that massive seed explosion when you’ve seeded your first copy (because everyone’s clients have been swapping pieces the whole time they’re waiting for attention from the seed) and then it just feeds on itself.

Within an hour it would have had 20 GB/s worth of seeds.

Doug avatar

Well done and thanks to all involved. Have ‘Torrented’ it and seeded (I think) – there seems to be some upload activity (I haven’t a clue about Torrent)

spurious avatar

just a suggestion, but I’ve just re-compressed with 7zip and it’s 618MB instead of 816MB.
I know 7zip may not be Linux compatible, but maybe there is something better than zip?

aeos avatar

> 7zip may not be linux compatible – should be in most repos

spurious avatar


Liam Fraser avatar

We want to support as many people as possible. Zip is available for all platforms, usually without requiring an extra download, and that’s why I chose it.

Huulivoide avatar

I wont with Con Kolivas lrzip instead of 7zip, sure its not that widely used, but it is super fast and compress reallywell. 593MB :D

JustACat avatar

Don’t know if it is still needed, but will help with seeding anyway.

Jenny avatar

Can I just point out that bit torrents are a real major problem for those of us whose ISP’s routinely block or strangle Bit Torrent Data rates. Virginmedia are reknown for doing this! If I use HTTP I get 30 megabits – but using bit torrent I am lucky if I get a few kilobits. Sometimes it simply stops and wont continue.

I have a client but it simply doesn’t work in any reasonable speed and I have been told by Virgin that this is a deliberate policy to discourage bit torrent. So your decision to restrict HTTP effectively means that those of us on Virgin may be unable to download.

Please can you reconsider this decision fairly urgently. There must be some way that this vital software can be provided to those of us for who torrents are not viable.

JamesH avatar

Well, it’s not vital until the board comes out…

We have limited HTTP bandwidth and have to make decisions like this. There are mirrors that others have put up you can try. If you have a problem with your ISP throttling torrent, you unfortunately have a problem with your ISP throttling torrent. Which isn’t helpful I’m afraid, but that’s really where the problem lies.

welshblob avatar

I’m on Virginmedia 10M and I downloaded it within a reasonable time via bit torrent no problems. Its now happily seeding.
I’ve never had many issues with downloading an viginmedia except when I go over my limits during the core hours.

piglet avatar

I’m on VM (for the next couple of weeks until I leave for BT…hurrah!) – no problems with getting or seeding from here.

Gerhard avatar

I’ve missed a link for Austria… So:


Omgnoooo avatar

I dont get all The joy here :p
Thousands of peers, 10k in the first batch? Good luck even getting -one- pi…..

JamesH avatar

And thank you for your vote of pessimism.

With a 10k first batch, I would guess that appropriately 10k people will get one. That’s still 10k people. And the next batch will follow in very short order.

Omgnoooo avatar

Im sorry that you SAS it like a negative tone, but I would call it beeing realistic. Just saying that with all the attention Rpi has gotten (dammit, i have ppl fron the economics departement asking about it!!) it’s better be prepared than getting dissapointed on the releasedate :)

DeliciousRaspberryCake avatar

I don’t think the Foundation wants to put itself in a position where they are gambling millions of dollars into a potential product that has sold a grand total of 10 units so far.

It is the volunteers’ private money that is being used to purchase the units. Would you take a second mortgage on your house to finance the purchase of 100k units? (Actually a second mortgage wouldn’t even be enough) There is no bank nor institute in this world that would lend millions of dollars to a business/charity that has had no significant commercial success yet.

The Foundations KNOWS this as they’ve talked about it more than anyone imagines. This is the sole reason they’re using their private money to begin with. Enthusiastic posts on an internet blog or forum don’t convince the bank to invest bucketloads

10,000 units will be plenty to assure the financial success. Keep in mind that’s over 250,000$ worth of private money being used. I don’t know anyone that has such amounts of money nor do I know anyone that would enjoy spending that much money without assurance they’ll get it back. If it turns out the 10k units don’t sell quite as good, someone will have lost a lot of money

ridge avatar

I’ve used gobs of AVR’s, the very nice ST Microelectronics ARM Discovery boards, LeafLabs ARM boards, an IGEPv2 and a few Intel Atom embedded class motherboards for projects.
I’ve never seen this level of excitement over any embedded computer.
They will sell like hotcakes.
If they are fast enough to do native ARM compiling on-board, they will continue to sell like hotcakes for a long time.

Rufus avatar

Have a semi empty 100meg server, so will seed the torrent for you too on there…

stuporhero avatar

I’m going to be leaving this on my torrent server. It’s not the fastest but you’re guaranteed a seed on my part.

Steve avatar

I’ve Torrent downloaded and as I have a NAS that is permanenty on will leave it there to help….

spennig avatar

Any chance of an archive of just the binary blob, for those of us who already have built a custom rootfs and kernel. Bit a bind to have to download c. 800MB (compressed) for 24MB (uncompressed).

btw. qemu-nbd (on Linux) is a good tool for extracting / investigating the partitions, saves all that messing around with image offsets.

# the max_part bit can be set in a /etc/modprobe.d/ file
$ modprobe nbd nbd max_part=8
$ sudo qemu-nbd -c /dev/nbd0 debian6-17-02-2012.img # associate image with device
$ sudo mount /dev/nbd0p1 /mnt/b # mount rpi boot
$ sudo mount /dev/nbd0p2 /mnt/r # mount rpi root
$ sudo umount /dev/nbd0pX
$ sudo qemu-nbd -d /dev/nbd0 # remove nbd from image

Huulivoide avatar

You can find the binary blobs from this mirror

Sergii Kolisnyk avatar

There are also blobs in */lib
Need to go into another archive.

AskAboutXenu avatar

Hate to be the bad guy here, but… do you really think the actual targets users of Raspberry Pi can do this? SOME nerdy kids will be able to do it, but I thought this computer was supposed to expand the number of people who are exposed to programming. In its present form, this presents a barrier to adoption. It causes a delay, frustration, and possibly an insurmountable obstacle. Heck, some teachers aren’t going to be able to do this for themselves. Sad but true, I know. So, are we going to have an ivory-tower computer that only geeks can get up and running? That’s a shame and a missed opportunity. Has any user testing actually been conducted to see if ordinary folks can follow the impenetrable ‘alphabet soup’ of instructions? (Maybe the real instructions are better than the advice posted here in the comments section, much of which is specialist jargon that will do nothing to make Raspberry Pi accessible to a casual user.)

spennig avatar

You may be missing the point about an initial developer batch vice the later consumer edition.

I suspect that post launch, there will be a significant number of aggrieved / confused purchasers who expected their $35 computer to be a bit more than a bare board, and those non-techie types without a well stocked “draw of bits” will feel hard one to have to fork out another $35 for all the other bits (SD Card, (powered) USB hub, HDMI cable etc.

rurwin avatar

As soon as the boards start arriving, there are going to be loads on eBay with “warning: does not play Call of Duty” in the text. That’s an interesting proof that the RPi is a worthwhile project; too many people have no idea how it is different from a PC.
This is the fastest torrent I have ever seen. I’m only on ADSL here, but I’ll leave the seed up at least until I hit a 1:1 ratio and probably after; nice Zen Internet don’t cap upload data. ;-)

Docteh avatar

They’ve explained in a few different blog posts that things will be packaged up for when they do the educational release. Instructions, some educational materials, a case, and probably a preloaded SD card.
So yes, the raspberry pi is going to hang out in the ivory tower while the X-Mansion is still being built.

JamesH avatar

Crivens. Way to miss the point.

André avatar

This is where torrent shines! 10+ MB/s download! :)
Seeding of course!

TheTap avatar

Seeding here also

Wullie avatar

Why don’t you put an image on Usenet too?

xpinex avatar

Yet another http mirror:

Server is US based.

Frank Leake avatar

This is killing me. I have the OS but no hardware. I *WANT* my Raspberry Pi

Still only a few days to go :-)

Davespice avatar

Seeding. Good work people! =)

scott avatar

Hosted on rapidshare;

MD5: B06EEDB928B33CD515F7B8EDF77B7A64
SHA-1: 4BF7A47151AB6F1835BE53EC99D8D750861213D4

Sergi avatar

Wow! more than 1300 seeders the second day. seeders on this torrent may give you an idea on how much people will make an order for the Raspberry the first hours it comes on sale! ;)

Mick Dann avatar

I stayed up last night watching in amazement at my download speed climbing after and faster, since I’m out in the sticks on plain old ADSL it’s great to see a torrent working like it should. I saw the seed count get up to 1000 and decided to get some sleep. I’ve been seeding throughout the night, and will continue for several days—my ISP doesn’t seem to be able to measure how much data I use. Impressed to see we are over 1500 seeds at 11:42am today.

cnxsoft avatar

If they open the store at the same time (4am for me) they uploaded this image, I can say goodbye to my R-Pi in the first batch. I’ll have to wait a few more weeks or maybe by another development board to keep me busy while I wait for the next batch.

Sindarin avatar

Just one question.
Will there be a ArchLinux file system image for download any time soon?
Thanks and regards, Sindarin.

eben avatar

We’re hoping the ArchLinux community will produce an image. We have one alpha board out with somebody from ArchLinux, so in theory we could see something as early as next week.

Scott avatar

I think I saw a thread ArchLinuxARM on the forums… I don’t know if it’s official, though.

MrArrayFraser avatar

Downloading and seeding/mirroring @ 1Gbits.

Scott avatar


I have unlimited bandwidth, so seeding won’t be a problem for me :D

gorn avatar

hi, seeding @505 Mbps <3

François avatar

Seeding at home in Switzerland with my brand new Tomato Router :-)

ulrik avatar

Bittorrent is beautiful — I’m downloading in 600 kBps with no single peer supplying more than 6 kBps by themselves.

AGoodName avatar

Here’s another mirror.

elatllat avatar

I wonder how many times this was downloaded (adding the tracker and all the mirror logs/statistics) … lol mirrors are so 1990 … there are currently 1861+ seeds (“mirrors”) on the bittorrent.

Ian Williams avatar

I am so glad to see software, further proof – if any was needed – to naysayers that the RPi is not vapourware. I am downloading this release by torrent now, and will be downloading all future releases. I will seed this for at least 2 weeks after the boards are on sale and minimum 7 days for each subsequant release to make sure it gets out to as many people that need it.

Thanks Liz, JamesH, Eben et al!

Moritz Uehling avatar

Woah, It is a long time since I seeded a torrent. But right now, I give you my upload :) Everyone should get this…

I also have an Website and you could maybe create a script, where you can submit mirriors, that everyone can mirror the Image on their server.

I think that many persons would mirror the images ;) Then no one needed to download a torrent-client… ;)

Moritz Uehling avatar

Just seen the wiki… I added a new mirror :)

elatllat avatar

Don’t add mirrors add seeds!


JamesH avatar

Some ISP’s throttle torrents, so mirrors are also needed.

manicgeek avatar

Not to mention those of us who won’t use BT.

elatllat avatar

Some people need intensive to get an ISP that will respect their rights/privacy. :) 6609 torrent-ers, I wonder how many http-ers.

Inky- avatar

Seeding from my seedbox.

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OrbDemon avatar

On the torrent…

NucWin avatar

Please add RSS feed for downloads so i can help seed without having to notice the download has been uploaded.

Roll on ArchLinux thats what i really want \o/ oh and the R-PI to run it on ofc

JamesH avatar

There are some Arch people working on it – you will need to get it from them rather than the foundation.

piopio avatar

so this one id “official” by the debian’s? cause I’d be really happy, since it was my preferred choiche after arch…
oh, does this come with the debian arm repo enabled? Read: is the sw on the debian arm repo compatible with this? cause it’ll make my day (well, before the actual hw…)

liz avatar

Well actually, we will be hosting it – but they need to finish it first!

piopio avatar

wow, nice news :)

Sergi avatar

really good news! I’ll be waiting for the Arch release, that is the distro I’m running on desktop computer.

xevil avatar

There is some virtual machine software to run this arm os on windows x86?

Paul Toth avatar

Seeding like a devil.

willhandley avatar

Seeding, can’t wait for some hardware to play with

Mattias Geniar avatar

Al alternative download link can also be found on our public mirror:

Simon H avatar

I haven’t got a Server to donate but will be seeding any images I get 24/7 till the end of the World or Hell freezing over, which ever comes first.

ProDigit avatar

is there a pc emulator,to run the OS from?

liz avatar
Jon avatar

Used the .img to make a .vdi using a convertdd debian.img debian.vdi which worked fine. Tried to use the virtual disk in Virtualbox but it just hangs. Any one have any experience with using a converted .vdi

David Driscoll avatar

VirtualBox is virtualization. The RaspberryPi is an Arm Processor so you will need use QEMU. QEMU will emulate the Arm Processor.

Stephen Jones avatar

Well, i’ve only got 10m up to offer, but it’s feeding the torrents as we speak (uh… type?) I’ll leave it up as long as I can!

nietaki avatar

You can tell by the seed/leech ratio how awesome the Raspi community is ;)

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Col avatar

Getting quite excited now! I believe I’m currently seeding, which is the first time for that. I just ‘stopped’ playing around with computers years ago, I’m going to enjoy this!

RasPiFan avatar

I understand RaspberryPi to be an effort to make computing more available not just nerds but also common people. who may not be into things like ‘dd’ and other mysteries around it.

Therefore I strongly suggest to be totally explicit about how things are to be done! No implicit background knowledge should be required!

On the download page linked by this article I have noticed two locations where such information is incomplete and not explicitly provided!

* First of all, please don’t say “suitable SD card” but mention explicitly what kind of card, having what capacity is required! Simple, it should be sufficient for the interested reader to get all necessary information to order it or buy at a local store.

* Second, it is totally insufficient and somehow not suitable for this project just to mention a unix tool like ‘dd’ without giving proper and complete information how to use it. You should always provide a complete and working example along with it.

Please be always considered that RaspberryPi is not just for nerds like you!
Please be kind to the rest of the world!
Please make RaspberryPi an awesome project just be little different than one of those many other nerdy open whatever projects.

Thank You! No offence!

AskAboutXenu avatar

Disappointing, isn’t it? Apparently we have to wait for a ‘proper’ release, later, before kids can get to grips with the ‘Pi’. The danger is that any goodwill and positive press coverage will be a thing of the past before the ‘Pi’ shows up in the classroom. There is a short window of opportunity here, and then we’re into the summer holidays. Is that educators’ manual (or students’ manual) being written?

Rubisco avatar

The educational release is not until after the summer holidays, in October. It will be ready by then. They have 8 months!

JamesH avatar


Sorry, but why are you so disapointed? You have made assumptions that are not correct , you have no idea what is or isn’t being written, and you are somehow disapointed? Can I suggest that instead of jumping to conclusions and being unremittingly pessimistic, you actually read up posts of the forums,and try to understand what is going on?

To help you. This rootfs release is basically aimed at nerd’s, its to give people a head start on getting the initial batch of Pi’s up and running. The foundation has ALWAYS said these initial batches are expected to sell mainly to the hacker side of the community rather than the educational side – this is to ensure that the educational side DOES get the sort of documentation that is needed. This documentation is largely going to come from the early adopters (but not exclusively – there is professional stuff underway as well).

As someone else has said, a full blown educational release, with all the required information is due around Q3 – which has always been the case as stated by the Foundation.

Also, note that this isn’t the final rootfs, that will be a Fedora release, which will be more fully documented. Meanwhile, this release give the nerds something to play with before they even get the hardware.,

Rubisco avatar

This is exactly what will happen, in time.

The whole operation is being run by a very small team, who have other more important things to be doing at the moment. They’re concentrating on getting the manufacturing and distribution sorted. Once that’s up and running they’ll have more time to dedicate to the educational side.

And the idea is that the community of nerds can contribute to the documentation for non-nerds, but the nerds don’t have their boards yet!

Jamie avatar

Will all the information that will be realised on the 2nd batch, you think people who buy the cards in the first batch will later be able to buy the 2nd batch’s case and educatinal stuff?

Orbitoid avatar

Yet another mirror up:
This one is 100Mbps in Australia (Sydney)

Joe Lerch avatar

Great seeding, even better than ubuntu releases. I will continue to seed for as long as I can but unable to upload a great speeds. I am a little excited to get one of these Raspberry Pi computers to play around with and see what I can learn to do with it. I just want to have some fun trying something new. It’s not much more than an average paperback book yet has the potential to be a lot more informative and entertaining.

Chris avatar

In Canada, our ISP’s do not like anyone residential “Providing Content” as in any virtual servers or using torrents. This may lead to disconnection of Internet service. A direct link is very much welcome! I don’t know if any other Countries may impose the same laws or not. Please update Downloads page for Direct links please.

DC avatar

Maybe your ISP has a problem with it. Not all Canadian ISPs do – mine certainly doesn’t.

Attila Pivoda avatar

Hungarian mirror here:

shift+del avatar

just downloaded the filesystem, so psyched!
Its an sd card image with 3 partitions copying out the root filesystem can be done with dd.
dd if=debian6-17-02-2012.img of=pifs.img bs=512 skip=157696 count=3256320
mount -o loop pifs.img /mnt

you could also just mount the root filesystem directly.

LOOP=$(losetup -f)
losetup -o $((157696*512)) /path/to/debian6-17-02-2012.img $LOOP
mount $LOOP /mnt

btw, the zipped image could have been ~200-250 MB smaller if you ran “aptitude clean && dd if=/dev/zero of=bigfile; rm bigfile” before zipping. Thanks though.

Melvin avatar

Thnx for posting! Uploading via utorrent and i can`t wait for the launch!

stephen downward avatar

I have a server running for this:

Dandapani avatar

Debian? No Fedora?

Dandapani avatar

Sorry. Miss the last part. Will wait for Fedora.

Cracknel avatar

Daca vrei sa faci ceva serios mai bine te documentezi, LXDE nu e browser, e un mediu grafic.

Bafta ;)

Jay Bhagat avatar

Just use USB Image Tool to restore the img to the sd card (make sure it is in Device Mode).

Cracknel avatar

Tips for the maintainers of the image:
* remove NFS mounting settings from /etc/fstab and the scripts related to NFS
* remove things related to user “ubuntu” as it has been removed
* it would have been nice for “pi” to have GID 1000
* clean configuration backups (/etc/ has some “filename~”)
* clean /etc/hosts from unwanted host names
* clean / from those personal folders. I think you have made mistake by starting X while the user home directory was “/”.

This is what I have noticed on my first look.

Brokn avatar

Pi is gonna be sweet
I’m dling 350KBps on my NAS wit torrent client and uploading 150KBps
So i will be more than generous to seed while i sleep. BTW Att DSL SUCKS

Johannes avatar

You could have cut the compressed image size in half by cleaning out the apt cache (“apt-get clean”). Would have left more free space on the SD card too.

Leon avatar

It is now 15:00 the 20th February 2012 (in New Zealand) come on rest of the world wake up so we can buy our Pi…… lol

JamesH avatar

Please see Liz’s comments on other posts where people have assumed the 20th is the release date – it isn’t

Steve avatar

Has a date and time been set for ordering?

JamesH avatar


Steve avatar

My eagerness is starting to outweigh my patience. But oh well I will wait

liz avatar

We’ve said it many times, but it bears repeating: we can’t set a precise day and time because once the boards are out of the factory, every one of them needs testing, and then freighting. As soon as we have a precise day and time, we’ll let you know here and via the mailing list and Twitter.

SorenF avatar

Can you say more about your test procedure? I am guessing hooking every one of the boards up to your living room flatscreen isn’t how you do it… ;-)

Any word from the factory regarding if they actually manage to meet todays deadline?

Rubisco avatar

It’d be better if you just went live without notice IMHO. More people with an actual interest in the project would get one.

Give too much of a heads up and they’ll mostly go to /.ers and HUKDers etc rather than folks who have been at least been following what you’re doing…

Sascha avatar

^^ Another mirror in Germany. Stand-alone for this download – 1 GB

Ken Pemberton avatar

Kudos to WebFusion and Liam Fraser. Along with the entire R-Pi crew, you’re my heroes. Have been looking for a new hosting service, WF just moved to the top of my short-list.

Now, where did I put my VM stuff?

Simon avatar

I am seeding and have added it to my web server.

eduard avatar

here that for us sell in Russia -Tion-pro270
A processor of Marvell Xscale Pxa270 is 416/520 Mhz (set of instructions of Armv5te);
A ROM is 32 MB;
OZU is 128 MB;
Ethernet 10/100;
VGA output;
Output on a TFT-screen, CMOS level;
Interface of touch panel, 4th prowater ACP;
COM are 3 ports of CMOS, from them 1 sht. of Rs232;
USB 1.1 — 2 ports: 1 sht. of host, 1 sht. of host/client;
Slot for a load of microsd map (located from a lower side);
SPI (13 Mhz);
I2c vehicle;
ACP 4 sht.;
Conclusions of the general setting, GPIO (1.2 Mhz);
SHIM, PWM, 3 sht.;
Clock, RTC (with an autonomous feed);
Feed 5 In;
Size 96x96x20 mm

price ~ 233$

eduard avatar

operating system Linux™ or Windows® CE

sun avatar

can burn the iso using unetbootin?

Sergii Kolisnyk avatar

Probably no. There is no USB support in GPU internal mask bootrom.

Colin avatar

Hmm… Can’t find my SD card reader.

Is an SD card required, or could this be booted by USB?

Actually, moot point, I just ordered a USB reader and SD card…

liz avatar

An SD card is required, because of the way the machine boots. There’s some more about this in the FAQ – go and have a read!

Pete avatar

Seeding on a 1GBit upstream server here, no bandwidth limit… :-)

Stephan Jauernick avatar

I will host all images on my MirrorBrain setup(2 Nodes currently; plans to expand):

Lets see how much load it can bear!

Christian Zirkelbach avatar

We’re now also hosting the image on our server.

Rodrigosolari avatar

Disculpen por mi idoma… pero donde puedo darle comprar al raspberry hoy?? anytes que se termine el stock… desde ya muchas gracias

Grant Brown avatar

Tendras que esperar, no se los venden hoy. Van a mandar los principios rasberry pi’s de China hoy, y cuando vengan al UK, podras comprar un pi de este sitio web. No sabemos exactamenty cuando van a recibir los.

liz avatar

Thanks Grant!

Rodrigosolari avatar

gracias… por el idima no puedo seguir mucho este blog, ademas que el traductor de google traduce mal, pero gracias por responder a mis dudas en español

Grant Brown avatar

De nada, siempre busco opportunidades de practicar espanol. Cada dia olvido mas, porque hace tres anos que lo he estudiado, y no quiero olvidar todo!

Grant Brown avatar

No problem, spanish isn’t my first language, but I’m always looking for practice! Great work on the pi by the way!

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Paul Clark avatar

At the time of posting, there are over 2300 seeds on bittorrent :-)

Took me about 3mins to download, I saw peers in Japan, US, Most of Europe, Australia, NZ etc

Currently seeding to 1200 peers

Prefixes avatar

Will be seeding on a 100 000 000 000 millibit/s connection

macbirdie avatar

Downloading the torrent and seeding on my pathetic 256kbit upload. ;)

felix furtak avatar

Question: DD’ing the image onto a SD card will also effectively clone the partition table as well. Will this not cause the SD card capacity to be reported incorrectly?

lasser avatar

Assuming using a card > 2GB you’re right. If you want to use the full size of the card you have to resize the existing partition and the filesystem or make a new partition.

Naguissa avatar
Jani avatar

Helping to seed your torrent file for a while

Tim avatar

I’m just really glad there is a Debian image. I can’t wait to get my hands on the hardware.

Sudhir Khanger avatar

Can this debian image be run on Virtualbox on Ubuntu and see how Raspberry Pi looks?

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