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FreeBSD RaspberryPi

 ·  🎃 kr0m

We have played with Raspberry Pis on previous occasions, but this time it’s different. We are going to do it under FreeBSD. As always, the operating system installation consists of transferring the OS image to the SD card, it’s that simple.

We download the version we want to install:

In my case, version 13.0:

To transfer the image to the SD card, I’m going to use a USB-SD adapter. When we connect it to the PC, we can see that the device is da1:


da1: <SanDisk SDDR-B531 2920> Removable Direct Access SPC-4 SCSI device

We dump the image to the SD card:

cat FreeBSD-13.0-RELEASE-arm64-aarch64-RPI.img.xz | xz -cd | dd of=/dev/da1 bs=4M oflag=sync status=progress; time sync

The default access credentials are:


For SSH, access is only allowed through the freebsd user:

ssh freebsd@IP

This is the final result:

We can see that it does not use ZFS in the root partition since it would cause problems with so little RAM:

df -Th

Filesystem              Type       Size    Used   Avail Capacity  Mounted on  
/dev/ufs/rootfs         ufs         28G    3.6G     22G    14%    /  
devfs                   devfs      1.0K    1.0K      0B   100%    /dev  
/dev/msdosfs/MSDOSBOOT  msdosfs     50M     24M     25M    49%    /boot/msdos  
tmpfs                   tmpfs       50M    4.0K     50M     0%    /tmp
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