Raspbian Wheezy armhf Raspberry Pi minimal image

After the Debian Wheezy armel image I made a new one based on Raspbian armhf. This one is compiled with hard float support, so basically floating point operations are MUCH faster because they are done in hardware instead of software emulation :)

Features include:

  • A minimal Raspbian Wheezy installation (similar to a netinstall)
  • Hard Float binaries: floating point operations are done in hardware instead of software emulation, that means higher performances
  • Disabled incremental updates, means apt-get update is much faster
  • Workaround for a kernel bug which hangs the Raspberry Pi under heavy network/disk loads
  • 3.6.11+ hardfp kernel with latest raspberry pi patches
  • Latest version of the firmwares
  • Fits 1GB SD cards
  • A very tiny 118MB image: even with a 2GB SD there is a lot of free space
  • ssh starts by default
  • The clock is automatically updated using ntp
  • IPv6 support
  • Just 14MB of ram usage after the boot

Here is the link to download my custom image:

http://files2.linuxsystems.it/raspbian_wheezy_20140726.img.7z – London, UK
Checksum MD5: 1be9af7fcec38c7238229edf1c5cdb3c

7zip: md5sum(1be9af7fcec38c7238229edf1c5cdb3c) – File size: 144MB
http://mirrors.node1.hadrill.org.uk/darkbasic/raspbian_wheezy_20140726.img.7z – Amsterdam, Netherlands (1)
https://debianer.puppis.uberspace.de/files/RaspberryPi/raspbian_wheezy_hardfp_20140726.img.7z – Frankfurt, Germany

You will have to extract the image with p7zip:

7za x raspbian_wheezy_20130923.img.7z

Then flash it to your SD with dd:

dd bs=1M if=raspbian_wheezy_20130923.img of=/dev/sdX

Finally, if you have an sd larger than 1GB, grow the partition with gparted (first move the swap partition at the end).

The root password is raspberry.


You will have to reconfigure your timezone after the first boot:

dpkg-reconfigure tzdata

The keyboard layout:

dpkg-reconfigure console-data

And the localization:

dpkg-reconfigure locales


It’s done, I hope you will enjoy it.

702 comments to Raspbian Wheezy armhf Raspberry Pi minimal image

  • Peter

    Hey darkbasic,

    any updates about a new version?


  • Starlab

    Hi, do you have any how-to to customize image?

  • Bo Herrmannsen

    tried the image but it will not boot

    what could be wrong?

  • Bo Herrmannsen

    yep i have….

    but how can i update if i cant boot?

    new to raspi still

    • darkbasic

      Just update the files in the sdcard 😉

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  • Bo Herrmannsen

    might sound stupid…. but how do i do that?

  • Riccardo Giuliacci

    Hi, I am interested at the same argument.. How could we update the firmware? Thanks

  • Bo Herrmannsen

    and why i ask is that i’m new to raspi and ave always just just used the “official” images from raspi found.

    but i found it a bit slow and also there is a lot in there i dont need

    so i came accross this image and a lot seems to like it

    i’m not afraid of doing commands i just need to know which ones

    i do have an card reader so i can update while running….. the big Q is just how?

  • Bo Herrmannsen

    thought i would tell how i’m running right now… the official image on a sd card in the pi itself… and this minimal image in a sd card reader…

  • Bo Herrmannsen

    do i just need to copy these 3 files from the rasperian image?

    fixup.dat————might be mistaken about this one

  • Bo Herrmannsen

    somethings wrong with usb i think…


  • Hi

    Can I install XBMC and Transmission torrent client to this minimal OS?

  • Vortex

    Thanks for the image!

    “To update the firmware you need to copy *start.elf, bootcode.bin and loader.bin.”

    Yes, without this upgrades it won’t here boot.

    How I did it:
    Went here:
    Entered in boot directory, found there “start.elf” and “bootcode.bin” files.
    Downloaded them and copied over the older files that were in the image on the SD-card (in the smaller partition IIRC).

    Didn’t find “loader.bin” there so I assumed there’s no need for updating.

    After all this now R-Pi boots.

    Expect, may be, some questions from my side 😉

  • Vortex

    Thanks to *jors* for the tips on rpi-update and raspi-config!


    wget https://raw.github.com/Hexxeh/rpi-update/master/rpi-update -O /usr/bin/rpi-update

    didn’t work here, complains about not trusted key and unknown issuer.

    But after I installed Synaptic it got the package without complains.

    Evidently some of the packages that come with Synaptic helped.

  • Vortex

    Aha Vortex…
    Read the FAQs first!;-)

    The page of the rpi-update developer:

  • darkbasic: Could you tell me where can I find the tools you used for the image? Actually, I need a newer minimal image, in the following days. Thanks.

  • gravitymaster

    Do you have details of the changes made or links to references?

  • RaspiUSBAudio

    Looking for comments on USB audio devices used, actually used, successfully with this build, especially with arecord, darkice, etc..

    Not looking for URL’s to lists of “alleged” supported devices… Looking for users who have tested and can confirm device(s) work.

    Like this and the 1000’s of similar from aliexpress, ebay, etc…


    If you used this or other USB audio devices succesfully, please post device, and a link to the source.


  • Vortex

    About what proposed *jors* on getting rpi-update (on the second page here):

    wget https://raw.github.com/Hexxeh/rpi-update/master/rpi-update -O /usr/bin/rpi-update
    chmod +x /usr/bin/rpi-update
    apt-get install git

    It didn’t work on my freshly booted R-Pi because of complains of untrusted key.

    But if I run
    apt-get install git
    BEFORE the other commands all is OK.

  • darkbasic

    Good news, I finally set up the Gentoo dev box on the i7-3770K and I’m updating the image right now :)


    Please be patient, I’m quite busy and it may take a few days.

  • darkbasic

    Done, the new image is finally online 😀

    • Ste

      Thank you!

      Is there a way to simply upgrade to this new version? I mean, without using dd?

      • darkbasic

        You can use apt to upgrade you current image and then copy the firmwares, the userspace drivers and the kernel modules from the new image.

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    • cage85

      Nice! Thanks.

      This will work out of the box with the 512MB Raspberry Pi right?

      • darkbasic

        It should, but I didn’t test because I don’t have a 521MB pi. Please let me know 😉

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  • cage85

    I can now confirm that it works perfectly out of the box with the 512MB version! :)

  • Adrian

    thanks for the image, finally a minimal distro for Raspberry.

    I’m trying to run the JavaFX demos and they fail with the following error:

    Did not find libGLESv2.so libGLESv2.so: cannot open shared object file: No such file or directory

    libGLESv2.so exists in /opt/vc/lib but there seem to be some missing dependencies:

    tux@raspberry-pi:~/test$ ldd /opt/vc/lib/libGLESv2.so
    libEGL.so => not found
    libvcos.so => not found
    libbcm_host.so => not found
    libpthread.so.0 => /lib/arm-linux-gnueabihf/libpthread.so.0 (0xb6f45000)
    libdl.so.2 => /lib/arm-linux-gnueabihf/libdl.so.2 (0xb6f3a000)
    librt.so.1 => /lib/arm-linux-gnueabihf/librt.so.1 (0xb6f2a000)
    libvchiq_arm.so => not found
    libm.so.6 => /lib/arm-linux-gnueabihf/libm.so.6 (0xb6eb9000)
    libc.so.6 => /lib/arm-linux-gnueabihf/libc.so.6 (0xb6d8a000)
    /lib/ld-linux-armhf.so.3 (0xb6f88000)

    Could any of you guys tell me which packages I’m missing? Thanks!

  • Adrian


    Thanks a bunch it works. No more issues and the demos start.

    One thing though: I’m missing a mouse cursor. Is there anything else that needs to be installed in order to have mouse support? Thanks.

    Much obliged, you made my day!


  • Adrian


    Regarding the mouse issue: are you running it as root? Are you running it from X11 or the console?

    I am running as root. JavaFX runs without X, it controls the frame buffer directly. When I ran the demos from the standard Raspbian Wheezy the mouse cursor worked.

    Dumb question: maybe you meant the mouse cursor in the console instead of in the demos? If yes try apt-get install gpm

    I meant in the demos, sorry for not being specific.

    I will try installing gpm.

  • Hey, this image does not work for me.
    It boots fine until:

    [ 6.951268] EXT4-fs (mmcblk0p2): re-mounted. Opts: (null)
    [ 13.533878] NET: Registered protocol family 10
    [ 13.806080] IPv6: ADDRCONF(NETDEV_UP): eth0: link is not ready

    after that nothing happens. Any Ideas?
    I Already tried to update the firmware but it did not help.

    I don’t use the ethernet port, the pi is connected to my pc via a serial to usb cable.
    (I usually use a wlan stick but without booting I can’t configure it)

    • darkbasic

      Ok, enough changes to make a new version: raspbian_wheezy_20130923.img.7z

      – New kernel.
      – New firmware.
      – Fixed an issue when booting without network.
      – Fixed an issue with vc libs.
      – Added mouse input in console.

      • Adrian

        Great news!

        Just a heads up: mouse workes inside the demos after installing gpm.


      • Adrian

        The link at the top of the page still points to the previous version, just the name got updated!

      • Thanks, but trying to boot it without a network connection still does not work for me.
        [ 7.955411] EXT4-fs (mmcblk0p2): re-mounted. Opts: (null)
        [ 15.359315] NET: Registered protocol family 10
        [ 15.676185] IPv6: ADDRCONF(NETDEV_UP): eth0: link is not ready

        I can’t connect it to the internet (to start it up once and configure it etc.) using an Ethernet cable since we are using a proxy here, which needs to be configured first.

        • darkbasic

          I’m sorry but I can’t reproduce your issue: here it just works even without ethernet connection. Are you sure you are using raspbian_wheezy_20130923.img? I did insert a wrong link the first time.

          • Thank you for your fast reply.
            I just downloaded the newest version -from the top of this page- (again) and I flashed it using win32diskimager on a 4GB SD Card. I removed all devices (wlan stick) except the Serial to USB Cable. And it still does not proceed any further. It seems to wait for eth0 to be ready?
            The links inside this comment section are not linked for me. Do i need to have an Account to see them?

          • darkbasic

            Are you sure it does work with ethernet connection? It seems you just didn’t configure inittab for the serial port…

          • Argh, Yes that was it! I didn’t think of that, because the default raspbian works via serial out of the box, thanks!
            I was able to organize a Knoppix Live CD from the IT, then i could edit the inittab file as needed. Thanks!

          • darkbasic

            You’re welcome. Next version will have ttyUSB0 in inittab by default.

  • Joe

    Thanks for your work dark basic. Could you please generate kernel_cutdown.img image for your distro and make it available?
    Thanks again.

  • Kevin


    Would it be possible to have “CONFIG_BLK_DEV_INITRD” enabled in the kernel?

    root@raspberry-pi:/# zgrep -i initrd /proc/config.gz
    # CONFIG_BLK_DEV_INITRD is not set

    Thanks a lot.

  • matheus

    Hi darkbasic,

    first let me say thanks for your work. Thanks. :)

    My aim is to run a Minecraft server, in 0-24h, headless on the Pi with the best possible performance. I only need Java RE to run the server and SSH to remotely log into the console. I already have these: my server is up and running fine headless, but on the official Raspbian image.

    So I would like to ask you about your thoughts regarding to the hard-float performance: do you think that is possible to squeeze out a little much performance from the Pi using your minimal image compared to the original Raspbian image or it isn’t relevant to me?


  • Sumerset

    Hi DarkBasic.

    Thanks for the awesome work.

    I have one question, how can I make the I2C bus work with your distro?

    when I list the devices there seems to be no I2C bus.


  • Thank you for making a minimal image! I’ve been using it on my Pi for the last few days. I have a request for the next image you make: Could you add wpa_supplicant by default in the image? I only have WiFi (WPA2) available, so I can’t connect via Ethernet. All the tutorials say to apt-get wpa_supplicant, which is a bit tough for me.

  • Andres

    Thanks man! Nice image but i’m having issues trying to setup the wifi dongle i got with the pi. If i use current wheezy image, the dongle works but with yours the dhcp never allocates an IP address.

    Is the any package to download to get it working?

  • Andres

    wireless-tools wasn’t installed and the adapter worked after setting it up. I’m wondering why the /etc/network/interfaces file fails to bring the interface up while this other method does not fail.

    • Andres

      it was the wpasupplicant package causing the problem. You have to do “apt-get install wpasupplicant” and the edit the /etc/network/interface file and it works right away.

      PS:No need to use wireless-tools after all

  • electron

    Very excited about your minimal image. Thanks for posting it!
    It all pretty much just came right up. I want to use it as a headless remote backup server with a USB disk drive attached. When I plug in the USB drive nothing happens. I see no message in /var/log/messages. modprobe usb-ohci is not found. I see USB information in the messages file from when the system booted. Does this kernel support usb mass storage? Any hints how to get this working?

  • justjma

    Great to see a minimal image for a headless RPI server, thank you very much. I have noticed, though that there is no support for USB in the image. Doing an “lsusb” returns a message stating that the command can’t be found. Going to do a bit more poking around to see what can be done to get this working. I am using an external USB HD to run the device from.
    Thank You Again

  • electron

    Thanks very much for your replies!
    I have installed usbutils. This made no difference. If I plug in a USB stick it come right up and I can access it perfectly. If I plug in a USB hard drive (not a pen drive) then do dmesg or check the log files I see no activity at all. It is as if nothing was attached. The external USB hard drive has its own power supply which for sure is attached. I have tried 2 different USB hard drives this way both with the same results. I verified the USB drives work on another Ubuntu box.

  • electron

    Thanks! Will do this later tonight and get back with you.

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  • justjma

    I’ve installed the ‘usbutils’ package and the external USB drive is now recognized. Also you might want to consider adding the ‘rpi-update’ package as well. You’ll also need to include the ‘binutils’ package. I don’t know if this is getting away from the minimal image that you wanted to create. Again, great work. Shoot me an email if you want any help with this project.
    Thank You

  • justjma

    I forgot to mention in the previous post that you can use ‘fdisk -l’ to see what drives are reconised.

  • electron

    Yes! I am glad the install image is so small. It is easy for users to install usbutils or rpi-update if they need it. I as well normally use fdisk -l to see what drives can be mounted. When I attach my USB disk it does not show in the fdisk -l listing at all. I have not tried rpi-update yet. I can try that a little later today as well.

  • electron


    After trying another install image with similar results as you guessed – I finally swapped out my usb cable – nope that isn’t it and then my power supply and whaddya know – that worked! I had grabbed a 5V supply from my junk box and the usb drive needed a 12V supply. Thanks so much for your time and comments.

  • Hey – using this image now to install rPlay so that I can do AirPlay mirroring from my Mac to my pi!
    Just wondering if you wanted a couple of mirrors for your images?

    • darkbasic

      Mirrors are welcome of course. They aren’t mandatory anymore like in the first days when traffic touched 1TB in less than two months but it’s always good as backup.

  • Octopus

    Why 7zip? I hate having to install 7zip! Why not just a standard tar or zip?

  • Dave

    Hi, first, thank you for this images.

    I am having the following issue: I’m trying to install wpasupplicant and get the following:
    Failed to fetch http://archive.raspbian.org/raspbian/pool/main/s/systemd/libsystemd-login0_44-11_armhf.deb 404 Not Found [IP: 80]

    When I check the location, the package has the following name:

    Please advise how to resolve this. Thank you

  • Dave

    @darkbasic…thanks, that worked. Much appreciated.

    I trying now to get wireless setup. Please let us know when you’ll be able to have a new image out with wireless on by default.


  • Dave

    Any idea what packages/drivers are needed to this image to detect and enable the raspberry pi board camera?

  • Frank

    got it working on a pi ‘A type’, only some problems with wlan, my edimax ew-7811Un is not recognized (pretty standard stick). So, I wanted to install lsusb and iwconfig.
    Strangely enough apt-get tells me these programs are unknown. ‘less’ installs fine though (talking about ‘minimal image’ 😉
    Am I missing a repository or something?
    How do I fix this?

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  • david

    Hi darkbasic, where I can download the source code?

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