Debian ppc64el port


The IBM Power platform, code name ppc64el, is an official architecture for Jessie.

Required Hardware

Debian/ppc64el requires, at minimum, a POWER8 processor machine. Although Debian was initially bootstrapped on a POWER7 set of servers. this class of server is not supported anymore, and you are not able to run Debian/ppc64el on a POWER7 processor without hitting an illegal instruction fault.

There are, at this moment, a plenty of POWER8 machines being sold by different companies.

The ppc64el port is not aimed for old Powerpc Macintosh machines, and, at the moment, there is no way to install it on this class of machines.


You can find the latest ppc64el images at Debian 8.2 download page


More than 96% of the Debian Archive


See the ppc64el/Installation page.


Development Team

See the ppc64el/DevelopmentTeam page.

There are significant contributions by people from open-source communities and companies.

If you are a Debian Developer, Maintainer, New Member, or enthusiast, and is interested in this port, please let us know.

Development Machines



Individual Virtual Machines (ppc64el mini cloud)

You can get access to ppc64el virtual machines in the OpenPOWER MiniCloud - easy, free and fast.

POWER8 Virtual Machine

A ppc64el virtual machine is available at ?OpenPower mini-cloud. This is a set of POWER8 machines and you can request a full VM for development purposes:

Technical Documentation


Usertags: ppc64el (udd view)

Done/Closed bugs

Done/Closed bugs - archived included

News on ppc64el bugs