1 Official ZynthianOS SD-Images
You can download the last official ZynthianOS SD-image, based on Raspberry Pi OS, from here:
The file you download is a zip file that must be unzipped to get a .img file that can be 'burnt' to the micro-SD card used by the zynthian device (Raspberry Pi). This process differs depending on the operating system you use: windows, mac or linux.
3 Preparing the SD-card
Latest SD-card image weight around 8 GB compressed and around 14 GB unzipped. It includes all the software you need for your zynthian, properly configured for working out-the-box with the latest official kits. Completely ready to use. Plug and play!
After downloading and unzipping the SD-image, you have to write it to a suitable SD-card. You need a good-quality SD-card with a minimum size of 16GB. You can use a bigger one if you like.
If you are a terminal guy, dd or pv will do the task. Don't forget to unmount the SD partition before burning and sync before extracting the card. With root privileges, run something like this:
umount /dev/sdc1 pv 2023-08-25-zynthianos-stable-2308.img > /dev/sdc sync
or if you like sudo:
sudo umount /dev/sdc1 sudo pv 2023-08-25-zynthianos-stable-2308.img > /dev/sdc sudo sync
4 First Boot
First boot could take some time. Don't be impatient and wait until you see the splash screen with the logo. If you have a recent kit (V3, V4 & V5) and the display remains black after 1 minute, please, re-check the instructions above and re-burn the SD-card again. If this still don't work, try with a different SD-card before reporting in the forum. For solving SD-card issues, it could be useful to check the RPi4 status LEDs.
Once you see the splash screen, it could take some minutes until the system is ready. You deserve a beer, or at less some some tea or coffee. When the first-boot process finishes, the zynthian will reboot and you will be in the main menu, ready to play.
5 Configuration instructions
Recent SD-images auto-detect latest official kits V3, V4 & V5. If you are using an older kit or a custom hardware, your first step after booting should be accessing the webconf and configuring your hardware.
- For accessing the webconf tool, see here
- Once logged-in, go to Hardware -> Kit and select your kit version or "Custom". Click on save button.
- Then, if you have a custom hardware configuration, configure each device: Audio, Display, Wiring. Use "Dummies" if you don't use any encoder/switch. Don't forget to save your configuration after each step.
- When everything is configured, you can reboot Zynthian using the System -> Reboot menu item
6 Build your own SD-image
If you like, you can build your own SD image following these instructions:
Also, you would like to try the new docker-builder (thanks @guysoft!!):