CoreELEC for Radxa

These instructions explain how to install and boot CoreELEC on supported Radxa SBC's from µSD Card by use of a Windows PC. The instructions can easily be adapted for other Operating Systems.

Supported devices

  • Radxa Zero
  • Radxa Zero 2


  • Personal Computer with Internet Access
  • Memory Card Reader
  • A compatible Class 10 (USH 1/V 10) or better μSD Card
  • USB Flash Drive
  • Image Writing Software
Application Function Linux Mac Windows
balenaEtcher Bootable Media Creator X X X
UNetbootin Bootable Media Creator X X X
USBImager Bootable Media Creator X X X
DDRescue / DDRescue-GUI Disk Utility X
Disk Utility Disk Utility X
Rufus Bootable Media Creator X


  • Visit the CoreELEC website
  • Select a version to download
  • The Download Helper will pop up
  • Select Skip that and just show me all download options
  • Download the corresponding image
  • Write the downloaded image to a μSD Card
Device Edition DTB SoC
Radxa Zero 1G/2G/4G CoreELEC-Amlogic-ng.arm-xxx-Radxa_Zero.img.gz S905Y2
Radxa Zero 2 4G CoreELEC-Amlogic-ng.arm-xxx-Radxa_Zero2.img.gz A311D

Once the image is transfered to μSD Card, the device is Ready To Boot (RTB), meaning no Device Tree Blob (DTB) needs to be copied.


The Radxa Zero comes in 2 variants: with or without eMMC module.

  • Insert the µSD Card
  • Power on the device
  • Follow the instructions from the Radxa Wiki to enable USB loading support
  • Once eMMC is mounted as writeable USB Storage:
  • Write the downloaded image to USB mounted eMMC

Device Support

For support unrelated to CoreELEC, please refer to the Radxa User Support Forums.


The above instructions also can be used to create a bootable USB Flash Drive.