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 https://people.debian.org/~stapelberg/raspberrypi3/2017-10-08/2017-10-08-raspberry-pi-3-buster-PREVIEW.img.bz2
$ 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 https://github.com/Debian/raspi3-image-spec

If you have any questions/feedback, please direct them to https://lists.alioth.debian.org/mailman/listinfo/pkg-raspi-maintainers

Workaround for WiFi

Use these instructions adapted from HowToCrossBuildAnOfficialDebianKernelPackage to build your custom kernel with the required flags for the 2017-10-08 image:

sudo apt install fakeroot git kernel-wedge quilt ccache crossbuild-essential-arm64

mkdir ~/build-kernel
cd ~/build-kernel
wget https://cdn-aws.deb.debian.org/debian/pool/main/l/linux/linux_4.13.4.orig.tar.xz

git clone -n https://anonscm.debian.org/git/kernel/linux.git debian-kernel
cd debian-kernel
git checkout -b buster debian/4.13.4-2

export $(dpkg-architecture -aarm64)
export PATH=/usr/lib/ccache:$PATH
export DEB_BUILD_PROFILES="nopython nodoc pkg.linux.notools"
export MAKEFLAGS="-j$(($(nproc)*2))"

fakeroot make -f debian/rules clean
fakeroot make -f debian/rules orig
fakeroot make -f debian/rules source

echo CONFIG_BRCMFMAC_SDIO=y >> debian/config/arm64/config

fakeroot make -f debian/rules.gen setup_arm64
fakeroot make -f debian/rules.gen binary-arch_arm64

The completed .deb package can be found in ~/build-kernel/linux-image-4.13.0-1-arm64-dbg_4.13.4-2_arm64.deb. You will also need to extract /lib/firmware/brcm/brcmfmac43430-sdio.txt from Raspbian's firmware-brcm80211.

For your convenience, a kernel deb package and brcm/brcmfmac43430-sdio.txt are provided. Use at your own risk.