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Image setup

The image has now to be setup in different ways depending on the target.


RPi3, RPi4, BPi-R2 or RPi0

Pantavisor targets for these images are: arm-rpi3, arm-rpi4, arm-bpi-r2 and arm-rpi0w.

To use any of them for one of these targets, you will only have to flash your SD card and boot the board up. You can see how to do this in a detailed way in our get started guide. This guide focuses on RPi3, but the process will be similar for the rest of them.


The Pantavisor target for malta is: malta-qemu.

We have prepared a docker container that will let you run our malta image. Bear in mind that the script that will be run will change the network configuration in your host:

docker run --privileged --net host -v </your/host/path/to/pflash.img>:/tmp/pflash.img -it --rm pantacor/qemu-malta-16m

When the initialization script and boot up log ends, you can press ENTER to get the LEDE console.


In this case we provide two types of Pantavisor target for the same boards: x64-uefi and x64-uefi-installer.

These images will be booted up from an external storage device (SD card, USB key..) from BIOS/UEFI. The non-installer one is meant to be directly flashed on the final storage device where the system will run, while the installer one will be flashed in a temporary storage device. See how to flash your storage device in our get started guide. The guide is for RPi3, but the flashing process will be the same.

Once this is done, you will have to insert the storage device in your x64 device and power it up. Access your BIOS/UEFI menu and boot the target device from the storage device if this is not the default boot option. Notice that you will have to do this with a keyboard and screen connected to your device.


If you are using the non-installer image, Pantavisor will boot from that storage device.


For this, you will also need a keyboard and a screen connected to your target device.

After booting up, the installer will prompt a menu and automatically flash the first available permanent storage device found. A reboot will be required after this finishes.

For troubleshooting or simply to be able to choose the permanent storage device from a list of flashable devices, select the manual installation option in the menu before it triggers the automatic installation. Instructions will follow on screen to show how to do this from console.


Our pre-compiled images are built with the PANTAVISOR_DEBUG option, so you will have SSH, TTY and other goodies for debugging your devices. Therefore, most of the things explained in our get started troubleshooting are applicable here.