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Barebox bootloader logo.svg
Original author(s) Sascha Hauer, the barebox community
Stable release
v2018.01.0 / 22 January 2018; 26 days ago (2018-01-22)[1]
Development status Active
Written in C, Assembly language
Platform ARM, Blackfin, MIPS, Nios, x86
Available in English
Type Firmware, Bootloader
License GPL 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 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 (2018-01-22). "v2018.01.0". barebox (Mailing list). Retrieved 2018-02-04. 

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