Supported platforms

Ubuntu Core runs on a large range of hardware, and pre-built images are available for specific reference platforms. These images are a great way to quickly get started with Ubuntu Core on a Raspberry Pi, for example, or to explore Ubuntu Core's features and evaluate its potential.

Canonical produces official images for the following platforms:

Platform / model name Hardware / CPU Cores / memory / storage Image links
Raspberry Pi
ubuntu-core-18-pi
Broadcom BCM2835
ARM Cortex-A72
4/1 cores | 1/2/4 GB RAM
no built-in storage
core-18-pi-arm64
core-18-pi-armhf
Raspberry Pi 2
ubuntu-core-18-pi2
Broadcom BCM2836
ARM Cortex-A7
4 cores | 1 GB RAM
no built-in storage

core-18-pi2-armhf
Raspberry Pi 3
ubuntu-core-18-pi3
Broadcom BCM2837
ARM Cortex-A53 64-bit
4 cores | 1 GB RAM
no built-in storage
core-18-pi3-arm64
core-18-pi3-armhf
Raspberry Pi CM 3
ubuntu-core-18-cm3
Broadcom BCM2837
ARM Cortex-A53 64-bit
4 cores | 1 GB RAM
no built-in storage
core-18-cm3-arm64
Raspberry Pi 4
ubuntu-core-18-pi
Broadcom BCM2711
Cortex-A72 (ARM v8) 64-bit
4 cores | 1/2/4 GB RAM
no built-in storage
core-18-pi4-arm64
core-18-pi4-armhf
Qualcomm DragonBoard
ubuntu-core-18-dragonboard
Snapdragon 410c
ARM Cortex A53 64-bit
4 cores | 1 GB RAM
8 GB eMMC flash storage
core-18-dragon
Intel NUC
ubuntu-core-18-amd64
Intel Core i3, i5, i7 64-bit >8 cores | >32 GB RAM
no built-in storage

core-18-amd64
Generic x86 / KVM
ubuntu-core-18
Full x86 32/64 bit
CPU virtualisation
as defined core-18-amd64
core18-i386

Images are available from http://cdimage.ubuntu.com/ubuntu-core/18/stable/current/

Ubuntu Core 20 (UC20), built on the foundation of Ubuntu 20.04 LTS (Focal Fossa), is currently under active development. See Ubuntu Core 20 for more details.

Ubuntu community members also work with, and produce, images for other platforms and CPUs. Refer to these individual projects for more information on what other unofficial images might work for your use cases.

Installation guides

Platform Requirements Install guide
Raspberry Pi 2, 3, 4 or CM3 >2GB microSD card, display, USB keyboard, network access https://ubuntu.com/download/raspberry-pi-core
Intel NUC >2GB USB flash storage, USB keyboard, display, network access https://ubuntu.com/download/raspberry-pi-core
IntelĀ® IEI TANK 870 >2GB USB flash storage, USB keyboard, display, network access https://ubuntu.com/download/intel-iei-tank-870
Qualcomm DragonBoard 410c >2GB microSD card, display, USB keyboard, network access https://ubuntu.com/download/qualcomm-dragonboard-410c
KVM x86 virtualisation with 10GB storage https://ubuntu.com/download/kvm

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