FreeBSD on the Raspberry Pi 3 (RPI3)


  1. SMP support (actively being worked on by Oleksandr Tymoshenko)
  2. Crochet support (COMPLETED. Done by Diane Bruce and Brad Davis, committed by Brad Davis)

  3. sysutils/u-boot-rpi3 port (COMPLETED. Done by Diane Bruce.)
  4. wifi support (no one assigned, dependent on SDIO support)
  5. bluetooth support (no one assigned)

Package Repo

There is no package repo for 12-CURRENT, but the package repo for 11 can be used on 12-CURRENT by telling pkg to use the FreeBSD 11 aarch64 ABI:

env ABI=FreeBSD:11:aarch64 pkg bootstrap

Once pkg is bootstrapped, you can add this to /usr/local/etc/pkg.conf:

ABI = "FreeBSD:11:aarch64";

If you want to build your own ports or packages on stable/11 you'll need to install the aarch64-binutils package and link /usr/bin/ld to /usr/local/bin/aarch64-freebsd-ld:

# pkg install aarch64-binutils
# ln /usr/local/bin/aarch64-freebsd-ld /usr/bin/ld

In -current LLD is installed as /usr/bin/ld and the binutils package is not necessary.

Note that if you're building directly on the RPI3, you will definitely want to use either USB storage or NFS. Building on the sdcard will likely wear the sdcard out.


Basic support for the RPI3 has landed in FreeBSD-CURRENT.




Initial RPI3 support



Crochet now supports building images for the RPI3. There's no more need for the custom build procedures. Use the GENERIC-UP arm64 kernel config.

Plop in the sdcard to the RPI3, attach the serial cable, and watch awesomeness happen.


KDB: debugger backends: ddb
KDB: current backend: ddb
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FreeBSD 12.0-CURRENT #0 7945b79(master): Mon Oct 17 20:18:27 EDT 2016
    shawn@hbsd-dev-laptop:/usr/obj/arm64.aarch64/scratch/arm64/fbsd/sys/RPI3 arm64
FreeBSD clang version 3.8.0 (tags/RELEASE_380/final 262564) (based on LLVM 3.8.0)
WARNING: WITNESS option enabled, expect reduced performance.
VT: init without driver.
random: unblocking device.
random: entropy device external interface
kbd0 at kbdmux0
ofwbus0: <Open Firmware Device Tree>
simplebus0: <Flattened device tree simple bus> on ofwbus0
local_intc0: <BCM2836 Interrupt Controller> mem 0x40000000-0x400000ff on simplebus0
intc0: <BCM2835 Interrupt Controller> mem 0x7e00b200-0x7e00b3ff irq 16 on simplebus0
generic_timer0: <ARMv7 Generic Timer> irq 37,38,39,40 on simplebus0
Timecounter "ARM MPCore Timecounter" frequency 19200000 Hz quality 1000
Event timer "ARM MPCore Eventtimer" frequency 19200000 Hz quality 1000
bcm_dma0: <BCM2835 DMA Controller> mem 0x7e007000-0x7e007eff irq 0,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12,13,14,15 on simplebus0
mbox0: <BCM2835 VideoCore Mailbox> mem 0x7e00b880-0x7e00b8bf irq 17 on simplebus0
bcmwd0: <BCM2708/2835 Watchdog> mem 0x7e100000-0x7e100027 on simplebus0
gpio0: <BCM2708/2835 GPIO controller> mem 0x7e200000-0x7e2000b3 irq 18,19 on simplebus0
gpiobus0: <OFW GPIO bus> on gpio0
gpioc0: <GPIO controller> on gpio0
uart0: <PrimeCell UART (PL011)> mem 0x7e201000-0x7e201fff irq 20 on simplebus0
uart0: console (115200,n,8,1)
spi0: <BCM2708/2835 SPI controller> mem 0x7e204000-0x7e204fff irq 22 on simplebus0
spibus0: <OFW SPI bus> on spi0
spibus0: <unknown card> at cs 0
 mode 0spibus0: <unknown card> at cs 1
 mode 0sdhci_bcm0: <Broadcom 2708 SDHCI controller> mem 0x7e300000-0x7e3000ff irq 27 on simplebus0
mmc0: <MMC/SD bus> on sdhci_bcm0
iichb0: <BCM2708/2835 BSC controller> mem 0x7e804000-0x7e804fff irq 31 on simplebus0
iicbus0: <OFW I2C bus> on iichb0
bcm283x_dwcotg0: <DWC OTG 2.0 integrated USB controller (bcm283x)> mem 0x7e980000-0x7e98ffff,0x7e006000-0x7e006fff irq 33,34 on simplebus0
usbus0 on bcm283x_dwcotg0
fb0: <BCM2835 VT framebuffer driver> on simplebus0
fbd0 on fb0
VT: initialize with new VT driver "fb".
fb0: 656x416(656x416@0,0) 24bpp
fb0: fbswap: 1, pitch 1968, base 0x3db33000, screen_size 818688
pmu0: <Performance Monitoring Unit> irq 36 on simplebus0
cpulist0: <Open Firmware CPU Group> on ofwbus0
cpu0: <Open Firmware CPU> on cpulist0
bcm2835_cpufreq0: <CPU Frequency Control> on cpu0
cpu1: <Open Firmware CPU> on cpulist0
cpu2: <Open Firmware CPU> on cpulist0
cpu3: <Open Firmware CPU> on cpulist0
cryptosoft0: <software crypto>
Timecounters tick every 1.000 msec
usbus0: 480Mbps High Speed USB v2.0
ugen0.1: <DWCOTG> at usbus0
uhub0: <DWCOTG OTG Root HUB, class 9/0, rev 2.00/1.00, addr 1> on usbus0
mmcsd0: 32GB <SDHC 00000 1.0 SN 8B800400 MFG 01/2015 by 27 SM> at mmc0 41.6MHz/4bit/65535-block
bcm2835_cpufreq0: ARM 600MHz, Core 250MHz, SDRAM 400MHz, Turbo OFF
CPU  0: ARM Cortex-A53 r0p4 affinity:  0
 Instruction Set Attributes 0 = <CRC32>
 Instruction Set Attributes 1 = <0>
         Processor Features 0 = <AdvSIMD,Float,EL3 32,EL2 32,EL1 32,EL0 32>
         Processor Features 1 = <0>
      Memory Model Features 0 = <4k Granule,64k Granule,MixedEndian,S/NS Mem,16bit ASID,1TB PA>
      Memory Model Features 1 = <>
             Debug Features 0 = <2 CTX Breakpoints,4 Watchpoints,6 Breakpoints,PMUv3,Debug v8>
             Debug Features 1 = <0>
         Auxiliary Features 0 = <0>
         Auxiliary Features 1 = <0>
WARNING: WITNESS option enabled, expect reduced performance.
Trying to mount root from ufs:/dev/mmcsd0s2a [rw]...
warning: no time-of-day clock registered, system time will not be set accurately
uhub0: 1 port with 1 removable, self powered
ugen0.2: <vendor 0x0424> at usbus0
uhub1 on uhub0
uhub1: <vendor 0x0424 product 0x9514, class 9/0, rev 2.00/2.00, addr 2> on usbus0
uhub1: MTT enabled
uhub1: 5 ports with 4 removable, self powered
ugen0.3: <vendor 0x0424> at usbus0
smsc0 on uhub1
smsc0: <vendor 0x0424 product 0xec00, rev 2.00/2.00, addr 3> on usbus0
smsc0: chip 0xec00, rev. 0002
miibus0: <MII bus> on smsc0
ukphy0: <Generic IEEE 802.3u media interface> PHY 1 on miibus0
ukphy0:  none, 10baseT, 10baseT-FDX, 100baseTX, 100baseTX-FDX, auto
ue0: <USB Ethernet> on smsc0
ue0: Ethernet address: b8:27:eb:a4:ed:3f
smsc0: chip 0xec00, rev. 0002
ue0: link state changed to DOWN
ue0: link state changed to UP

clang/lld 4.0.0

The projects/clang400-import project branch fully works on arm64. It is now possible to use clang + lld 4.0.0 to compile/link ports and build base without having to install the aarch64-binutils package from the FreeBSD 11 aarch64 package repo.



arm64/rpi3 (last edited 2017-04-25 19:25:51 by EdMaste)