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This guide is designed for ROCK Pi S enthusiast. The purpose is to learn about the ROCK Pi S board as well as how to prepare and set up for basic use. We will introduce the board information as much as possible.

What you need


  • ROCK Pi S main board
  • One of the Storage media below:
    • μSD card, larger than 8GB.
  • Power supply
    • The ROCK Pi S is powered by Type-C port.
    • The power input voltage is DC 5V.
  • USB to TTL serial cable
    • This is needed for serial console.


  • μSD Card Reader
    • For flashing the image into μSD Card or eMMC Module.
  • USB type C to type A cable
    • This is needed for fastboot/adb commands.
  • Ethernet cable
    • ROCK Pi S supports Internet access via WIFI or Ethernet.
    • An Ethernet cable is used to connect your ROCK Pi S to a local network and the Internet.

Close look of ROCK Pi S

  • ROCK Pi S front view


  • ROCK Pi S front with an angle view


  • ROCK Pi S back view



Model ROCK Pi S
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Starting the board for the first time

ROCK Pi S can be started with μSD Card.


  • When start system with μSD Card

Insert the μSD Card into μSD Card Reader, which connects to host computer.

Write Image

  • Download the flash tool, etcher, from Downloads. Choose the right version for your host operation system. Here we operate on host Ubuntu 16.04.
  • After unpacking the package, we run the tool by executing the command
$ ./etcher-etcher-electron-1.4.5-x86_64.AppImage

If you get an error message: "No polkit authentication agent found" you can try and start it with sudo, but do know that this is running the tool as root.

  • In the etcher window, click Select image.

Linux etcher select image.png

  • In the etcher window, click Select Drive.

Linux etcher select driver.png

  • In the etcher window, click Flash.

Linux etcher select flash button.png

  • In the etcher window, once it shows us Flash Complete! It is done and can be put into the ROCK Pi S.

Linux etcher show complete.png


  • Now insert system storage media into the socket on board.
    • Methods of starting system with μSD Card. The picture below shows.
      (Todo: add picture)
  • Use a USB to TTL serial cable to make a connection between your PC and ROCK Pi S.
  • Connect the power supply to the ROCK Pi S. The board will begin to immediately.

Wish you good luck!