Embedded Linux development with Buildroot training

Learn how to build and run embedded Linux systems with Buildroot.

Course details

Contact: training@bootlin.com, phone : +33 484 258 097.

Public sessions

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On-site sessions

We can also send a trainer to train your engineers at your own location, anywhere in the world (we have taught classes on all continents). See our cost and registration information.

Objectives and target audience


This course targets engineers having existing knowledge about embedded Linux who wish to use the Buildroot build system to automate the build process of their embedded Linux system, make it easier and fully reproducible, benefit from thousands of pre-existing packages and create custom Linux systems perfectly adapted to their products.

At the end of this course, you will be ready to use the Buildroot to develop your own embedded Linux system and the applications running on it.


training desktopHere are the main topics that we cover:

  • Introduction to Buildroot
  • Managing and building the configuration
  • Buildroot source and build trees
  • Toolchains in Buildroot
  • Managing the Linux kernel configuration
  • Root filesystem
  • Download infrastructure
  • GNU Make 101
  • Integrating new packages
  • Advanced package aspects
  • Analyzing the build
  • Advanced topics
  • Application development with Buildroot
  • Understanding the Buildroot internals
  • Buildroot community: getting support and contributing
  • What’s new in Buildroot?

See the detailed agenda.

Bootlin’s expertise on Buildroot

Bootlin is a major contributor to the Buildroot upstream project, with more than 4300 patches merged as of July 2018, include the ones merged under its former name. Our engineer Thomas Petazzoni alone has contributed more than 4150 patches. He has gathered an extensive knowledge of Buildroot and its internals, being one of the primary authors of the core infrastructures of Buildroot. He is a major participant to the Buildroot community, organizing the regular Buildroot Developer Days, supporting users through the mailing list and on IRC. Last but not least, Thomas acts as an interim maintainer when the main Buildroot maintainer is not available, an indication of Thomas strong involvement in the Buildroot project.

In addition, Bootlin has used and is using Buildroot in a significant number of customer projects, giving us an excellent view of Buildroot usage for real projects. This feedback has been driving some of our Buildroot contributions over the last years.

It is this Buildroot expertise gathered both in the community and through customer projects that Bootlin is offering in this training course.

Training materials

All the training materials that we use during this course are freely available:

Practical labs

BeagleBone Black boardEach lecture in our course is followed by a practical implementation, representing 50% to 60% of the whole course time.

Labs are performed an embedded ARM board (BeagleBone Black). You will use it to boot the root filesystems that you build with Buildroot, and to run and debug the custom applications compiled with it. This experience will be useful for dealing with any type of board.


Participants need to have some existing knowledge about embedded Linux, as taught in our Embedded Linux training.

Customer feedback

Bootlin has proven time and again that their expertise in Linux trainings is unparalleled. Not only were the already existing trainings invaluable for training of our personnel, but they were also willing to adapt and reintroduce new trainings, custom tailored for our needs.

Nikola Jelić – Zuehlke Engineering

By the way, you can also see evaluations from previous sessions. In the same way we are transparent with our training materials, we share all the evaluations that we collect, not only the best ones.

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