This pages provides general information related to the Linux development options and collateral provided by Xilinx. 

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Linux Development Options

Depending on your development goals, requirements, experience level, and budget, there are multiple options for implementing a Linux based system on Xilinx devices. 

PetaLinux Tools

PetaLinux Tools, available at no-charge, make it easy for developers to configure, build and deploy essential open source and systems software to Xilinx silicon, including:
  • FSBL
  • u-boot
  • ARM Trusted Firmware
  • Linux kernel
  • Root File System
  • Libraries and applications
  • Xen Hypervisor

The PetaLinux Tools help you create and deliver a custom Linux distribution.  They allow you to work easily with available software which is independently available from the Xilinx GIT or open source communities.

Yocto Project

The Yocto Project (YP) is an open source collaboration project that helps developers create custom Linux-based systems.  Xilinx provides countless meta layers that enable developers to build all the necessary components for running Linux on Xilinx SoCs.  The PetaLinux Tools are build on top of the YP infrastructure.

Refer to the Yocto Wiki page for more information.

Xilinx Open Source Linux

Xilinx Linux is an open source Project where key components are made available to users via two mechanisms:

  1. The Xilinx Git repository contains U-Boot, ARM Trusted Firmware, Linux kernel, GDB, GCC, libraries and other system software
  2. This Xilinx wiki contains documentation meant to guide the use of those software components .

The software found in the Xilinx Git enables customers and partners with frequent updates to essential software, for inclusion within their own products, and development systems or tools.
For more information , please visit the Xilinx Open Source Linux page. 


Xilinx is now working with Canonical to deliver Certified Ubuntu images for a selection of Xilinx evaluation kits and SOMs. Please see Canonical Ubuntu for more details, or visit to download images. 

Commercial Linux 

Some users may prefer to use one of the commercial products offered by our ecosystem partners. Users who require comprehensive support, long-term stabilized code bases, or professional services should contact those vendors directly. 
Linux Drivers

The Xilinx development options listed above include drivers that are specific to the Xilinx processor and silicon configurations. This Linux Drivers page contains details on the Xilinx provided open source drivers such as documentation, examples, recommended test procedures, how to use the drivers, known issues, etc. The drivers included in the kernel tree are intended to run on ARM and MicroBlaze architectures.

Real-Time Linux

Our Real-Time Linux page describes solutions for improved real-time performance on Xilinx silicon. Please note that some of the listed solutions are provided via third parties; commercial or alternate open source projects.

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