The Raspberry Pi 3 is a version of the RaspberryPi which was released in February 2016. It contains a 1.2 GHz ARM Cortex-A53 CPU and hence is the first version of the RaspberryPi to support the arm64 architecture.

Debian buster runs on the Raspberry Pi 3, but there are a few issues preventing us from releasing an official image:

Longer-term improvements:

Any help on these issues is very welcome!

Preview image

To install the (unofficial, unsupported!) preview image on the SD card /dev/sdb, use:

$ wget
$ bunzip2 2017-10-08-raspberry-pi-3-buster-PREVIEW.img.bz2
$ sudo dd if=2017-10-08-raspberry-pi-3-buster-PREVIEW.img of=/dev/sdb bs=5M

If resolving client-supplied DHCP hostnames works in your network, you should be able to log into the Raspberry Pi 3 using SSH after booting it:

$ ssh root@rpi3
# Password is “raspberry”

For the sources of this image, please see

If you have any questions/feedback, please direct them to