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Barebox bootloader logo.svg
Original author(s)Sascha Hauer, the barebox community
Stable release
v2018.12.0 / 6 December 2018; 59 days ago (2018-12-06)[1]
Repository Edit this at Wikidata
Written inC, Assembly language
PlatformARM, Blackfin, MIPS, Nios II, x86
Available inEnglish
TypeFirmware, Bootloader
LicenseGPL v2

Barebox is an open-source, primary boot loader used in embedded devices. It is available for a number of different computer architectures, including ARM, Blackfin, MIPS, Nios II and x86.


The barebox project began in July 2007. It was initially derived from Das U-Boot and adheres to several of its ideas, so users familiar with U-Boot are meant to come into production quickly with barebox. As the barebox developers are dedicated to the Linux kernel's coding style and code quality, barebox tries to stick as closely as possible to the methodologies and techniques developed in Linux.

Why barebox?[edit]

Most embedded Linux developers are familiar with busybox, the Swiss Army knife of embedded Linux. barebox aims to be the same Swiss army knife for bare metal; hence, it was called 'barebox'.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Hauer, Sascha (2018-12-06). "v2018.12.0". barebox (Mailing list). Retrieved 2018-12-09.

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