Cubieboard Cubietruck (Cubieboard 3)

Technical data

CPU: Allwinner A20 (ARM Cortex-A7 dual-core, 1GHz, Mali400MP2 GPU)
Storage: 1 microSD card slot, 1x SATA II
1x GigaBit LAN
1x WiFi b/g/n
1x Bluetooth
2x USB 2.0
1x OTG micro USB

Sunxi Project has more usable documentation than the manufacturer's site:

Cubietruck is not officially supported by IPFire, but works, up until core 158, using 3rd party UBoot loader. Don't upgrade beyond core 158, because the following are not working:

USB host controller and hence USB-Ethernet dongles
broadcom WiFi

How to install IPFire on microSD card for Cubietruck

Download the latest armv5tel IPFire image, unpack the Image to a MicroSD Card:

xzcat ipfire-2.21.2gb-ext4.armv5tel-full-core122.img.xz > /dev/mmcblk? 
#   (or /dev/sd? depends on you cardreader)

Download a working UBoot file, for Cubietruck, from Archlinuxarm:


dd if=u-boot-sunxi-with-spl.bin of=/dev/mmcblk? bs=1K seek=8

Mount the boot filesystem (1 Partition) and edit uENV.txt:


and set SERIAL-CONSOLE to OFF if you want to use HDMI/KEYBOARD instead of serial console.

Prepare the serial console

The serial console mode requires an USB-GPIO-Adaptor, which is available on the internet or at your local electronics store.

Then connect the following pins, as labelled on Cubietruck, to the adequate input/output plugs at the adaptor:

Pin at the Cubietruck To be plugged in for function
GND GND (black)
NC don't connect
RX TX (green)
TX RX (white)

After switching on the Cubietruck, it can be accessed by using a serial connection (baud: 115200) to it.

How to install IPFire on SATA device for Cubietruck

Note that a microSD card will still be required to boot Cubietruck

Unpack the armv5tel image to microSD card, then configure, as described above.
Unpack the same image to the SATA device.

Deconfigure 1 partition on the SATA device, by reformatting it
mkfs.vfat /dev/sda1

Deconfigure 3 partition on the microSD card, by changing its UUID
tune2fs -U random /dev/mmcblk0p3

Install microSD card and SATA device to Cubietruck, power up and configure IPFire.

After IPFire has been installed, the deconfigured partitions may be utilised as ExtraHD

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Older Revisions • October 8, 2021 at 11:41 pm • Rodney Peters