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Rockpi4/install/eMMC

    ROCK Pi 4 >  Install >  Install on eMMC module

Step1: Requirements

This page describe how to download and install the image on an eMMC module and boot on ROCK Pi 4. You need at least the following.

  • an eMMC module, you can buy it from radxa distributor, the eMMC module from Odroid or PINE64 also works on ROCK Pi 4. Emmc module top.png Emmc module bottom.png
  • an eMMC to microSD breakout board Emmc to microSD breakout top.png Emmc to microSD breakout bottom.png
  • a microSD card reader, either a USB card reader or the SD card reader on laptop
  • a PC/laptop running Windows or Linux or MacOS


You also need the following to run on ROCK Pi 4

  • ROCK Pi 4 board with power supply
  • HDMI cable for display
  • USB keyboard and mouse for input


Step 2: Download necessary tools and image

  • Etcher is the tool we use to write image. Download the right Etcher for your PC from Rockpi4/downloads page and install it. Check [Etcher website] for more info about Etcher.
  • Choose the image you want to install from Rockpi4/downloads page and unzip it. The unzipped image name is like below:
   rockpi4_debian_stretch_lxde_armhf_20181105_2120-gpt.img

We will use it for the writing.

Step 3: Write the image to microSD card

3.1 Plug and click the eMMC module to the eMMC to uSD breakout board, plug the breakout board to microSD card reader. Plug the card reader on PC.

Emmc module on card reader.png

3.2 Run the application, for example, by executing the command on Ubuntu 16.04:

   $ /bin/bash etcher-etcher-electron-1.4.5-x86_64.AppImage

3.3 In the etcher window, we click button Select image.

Linux etcher select image.png

3.4 In the etcher window, we click button Select Drive.

Linux etcher select driver.png

3.5 In the etcher window, we click button Flash.

Linux etcher select flash button.png

3.6 In the etcher window, it shows us Flash Complete!

Linux etcher show complete.png

Done! Now you have successfully installed the OS image on eMMC module.

Step 4: Boot on ROCK Pi 4