Prep: pick a supported device

Currently, the Raspberry Pi 4 B is the recommended platform for using gokrazy, but you can find other supported and upcoming platforms.

Prep: Install Go

If you don’t already have Go installed, install the latest Go version.

Prep: Install the gokrazy packer

Now that you have a working Go installation, install the gokrazy packer (gokr-packer):

go install github.com/gokrazy/tools/cmd/[email protected]

Step 1: Insert an SD card

Run watch -d1 ls -l '/dev/disk/by-id/*' and insert an SD card. Copy the highlighted device name:

In this example, we’ll assume the SD card is accessible as /dev/sdx.

Step 2: Create a gokrazy instance and overwrite an SD card with gokrazy

Create a directory for this gokrazy instance:

mkdir -p ~/${INSTANCE?}
cd ~/${INSTANCE?}

To overwrite the entire SD card /dev/sdx with a gokrazy installation running a hello world program, use:

gokr-packer \
  -overwrite=/dev/sdx \
  -serial_console=disabled \
  github.com/gokrazy/fbstatus \
  github.com/gokrazy/hello \

The gokrazy packer builds each specified Go program (e.g. github.com/gokrazy/hello) in a separate build directory, each with its own go.mod file. See Working with Go modules for more details.

This is what the above gokrazy packer command looks like in action:

Click here to show the gokr-packer log output
gokrazy packer v0.0.0-20211121205320-688793dda2da on GOARCH=amd64 GOOS=linux

Build target: CGO_ENABLED=0 GOARCH=arm64 GOOS=linux
Build timestamp: 2021-11-25T09:28:41+01:00
Loading system CA certificates from /etc/ssl/certs/ca-certificates.crt
Building 3 Go packages:




[done] in 0.48s

Feature summary:
  use PARTUUID: true
  use GPT PARTUUID: true
2021/11/25 09:28:42 partitioning /dev/sdx (GPT + Hybrid MBR)
2021/11/25 09:28:42 Using sudo to gain permission to format /dev/sdx
2021/11/25 09:28:42 If you prefer, cancel and use: sudo setfacl -m u:${USER}:rw /dev/sdx
2021/11/25 09:28:42 device holds 15931539456 bytes

Creating boot file system
Kernel directory: /home/michael/go/src/github.com/gokrazy/kernel
EEPROM update summary:
  pieeprom.upd (sig 5a07872332)
  vl805.bin (sig 3a46dda0da)
[done: creating boot file system] in 0.11s, 66 MiB
MBR summary:
  LBAs: vmlinuz=52150 cmdline.txt=135442
  PARTUUID: 2e18c40c

Creating root file system
[done: creating root file system] in 0.26s

If your applications need to store persistent data, unplug and re-plug the SD card, then create a file system using e.g.:

	mkfs.ext4 /dev/disk/by-partuuid/60c24cc1-f3f9-427a-8199-2e18c40c0004

To boot gokrazy, plug the SD card into a Raspberry Pi 3 or 4 (no other models supported)

Build complete!

To interact with the device, gokrazy provides a web interface reachable at:


In addition, the following Linux consoles are set up:

	1. foreground Linux framebuffer console on HDMI

It is safe to unplug your SD card once gokr-packer returns.

Step 3: Boot gokrazy

After booting from this SD card, your device will:

  • display system status on the monitor connected via HDMI, if any
  • obtain an IP address for hostname “gokrazy” via DHCP (IPv4) and SLAAC (IPv6)
  • synchronize the clock using NTP
  • expose a password-authenticated web interface on private IP addresses
    (the default password is automatically generated and can be recovered from ~/.config/gokrazy/http-password.txt on Linux or from ~/Library/Application\ Support/gokrazy/http-password.txt on macOS/Darwin)
  • supervise all installed programs (only the hello world program in this example)

To interact with your device, you can:

  1. Open the gokrazy web interface in your browser (easiest option)
  2. Attach a serial console (see below)
  3. Install breakglass via the gokrazy packer, which allows you to start an interactive SSH session.

Congratulations! 🎉 You now have a working gokrazy installation!

Next, see the Configuration guide for details on how to use other programs.

Optional: Using the serial console

If you prefer the serial console, you can optionally connect a serial adapter to the Raspberry Pi and remove the -serial_console=disabled flag to make the primary Linux console end up on the serial console.

When pressing Enter on the serial console, gokrazy will interactively start either:

  1. /tmp/serial-busybox/ash (provided by the serial-busybox package)
  2. /perm/sh, if present (supplied by you, the user)