User provided patches

You can add your own patches outside build script. Place your patches inside appropriate directory, for kernel or u-boot. There are no limitations except all patches must have file name extension .patch. User patches directory structure mirrors directory structure of patch. Look for the hint at the beginning of patching process to select proper directory for patches. Example:

[ o.k. ] Started patching process for [ kernel sunxi-dev 4.4.0-rc6 ]
[ o.k. ] Looking for user patches in [ userpatches/kernel/sunxi-dev ]

Patch with same file name in userpatches directory tree substitutes one in patch. To replace a patch provided by Armbian maintainers, copy it from patch to corresponding directory in userpatches and edit it to your needs. To disable a patch, create empty file in corresponding directory in userpatches.

User provided configuration

If file userpatches/lib.config exists, it will be called and can override the particular kernel and u-boot versions. It can also add additional packages to be installed, by adding to PACKAGE_LIST_ADDITIONAL. For a comprehensive list of available variables, look through lib/ Some examples of what you can change:

PACKAGE_LIST_ADDITIONAL="$PACKAGE_LIST_ADDITIONAL python-serial python" # additional packages
[[ $LINUXFAMILY == sunxi64 && $BRANCH == dev ]] && BOOTBRANCH='tag:v2017.09' # conditionally change u-boot git branch/tag

User provided kernel config

If file userpatches/linux-$KERNELFAMILY-$KERNELBRANCH.config exists, it will be used instead of default one from config. Look for the hint at the beginning of kernel compilation process to select proper config file name. Example:

[ o.k. ] Compiling dev kernel [ @host ]
[ o.k. ] Using kernel config file [ config/linux-sunxi-dev.config ]

User provided sources config overrides

If file userpatches/sources/$LINUXFAMILY.conf exists, it will be used in addition to the default one from config/sources. Look for the hint at the beginning of compilation process to select proper config file name. Please note that there are some exceptions for LINUXFAMILY like sunxi (32-bit mainline sunxi) and sunxi64 (64-bit mainline sunxi)


[ o.k. ] Adding user provided sunxi64 overrides

User provided image customization script

You can run additional commands to customize created image. Edit file:


and place your code here. You may test values of variables noted in the file to use different commands for different configurations. Those commands will be executed in a chroot environment just before closing image.

To add files to image easily, put them in userpatches/overlay and access them in /tmp/overlay from

Partitioning of the SD card

In case you define $FIXED_IMAGE_SIZE at build time the partition containing the rootfs will be made of this size. Default behaviour when this is not defined and $ROOTFS_TYPE is set to ext4 is to shrink the partition to minimum size at build time and expand it to the card’s maximum capacity at boot time (leaving an unpartitioned spare area of ~5% when the size is 4GB or less to help the SD card’s controller with wear leveling and garbage collection on old/slow cards).

You can prevent the partition expansion from within by a touch /root/.no_rootfs_resize or configure the resize operation by either a percentage or a sector count using /root/.rootfs_resize (50% will use only half of the card’s size if the image size doesn’t exceed this or 3887103s for example will use sector 3887103 as partition end. Values without either % or s will be ignored)