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Rabian is the new Debian based Linux distribution for radxa products. Currently Rabian is based on Debian 8, jessie. Rabian will be the only distribution officially supported by radxa team(we have limited efforts). Currently Rabian supports the following boards:

  • rock full/lite (2013)
  • rock pro/lite (2014)
  • rock2 square
  • rock2 full

The features of Rabian:

  • Fast and lightweight, full function desktop
  • beautiful, clean and modern
  • easy to use, radxa will provide more GUI apps and debian packages to make the device more friendly
  • up to date, besides the updating from officail Debian package repository, radxa also provides up to date debian package server -

Nightly build download:

Getting Started

First, checkout the starting guide of your board.


After you have everything setup, you should have the login screen of Rabian. The default user and password is

   username: rock
   password: rock

Get the most storage of your board

Open the Application Menu -> System Tools -> Mate Terminal, and input the following command.

   sudo resize2fs /dev/mmcblk0p2

Setup the network



For Rabian, wifi should work out of the box on all devices. But if it doesn't check below:

For rock series, the wifi module is rtl8723au/rtl8188etv, check rock/Wireless for how to setup wifi. For rock2 square, the wifi module is ap6335, check Rock2/wireless for how to setup AP mode.


  • Why CPU is 100% after desktop is idle for some minutes?
   Rock2 square supports dynamic cpu frequency. The cpu can run as low as 126Mhz and as high as 1.8Ghz depends on the task load. This saves power. If you want to let the cpu ran at 1.8Ghz all the time. Run echo performance > /sys/devices/system/cpu/cpu0/cpufreq/scaling_governor
  • How to boot Rabian in console/text mode
   sudo systemctl set-default

To start GUI from text mode:

   sudo /etc/init.d/lightdm start

To go back to GUI mode:

   sudo systemctl set-default

To get the current run-level:

   sudo systemctl get-default

Known issue

Report your issue at github:

Rock Pro/Lite

Rock2 Square

Change log


check Rabian/develop for how to build and contribute to Rabian.