BSP Setup


This guide is based on the NXP/Freescale Yocto Project User’s Guide. You can read the full NXP BSP documentation on their Website:

The instructions for setting up and building Linux in the Yocto Project were adopted to our products.

A cheat sheet for bitbake:

Bitbake Cheat Sheet


For Yocto a Linux host machine with the below mentioned host packages is needed.


The supported distributions for Yocto are listed at the official Yocto documentation.

If you’re already running a Linux host, you should be fine.

Windows users see Ubuntu on Windows 10.

An important consideration is the hard disk space required for the virtual appliance. It is recommended that at least 120 GiB is provided, 500 GiB would be better.

Host Packages

The Yocto framework requires (build) dependencies that need to be available on the host system for the builds.

Follow the instructions at the official Yocto project documentation to install the neccessary host packages for your system.

Setting up Git

If not already done, setup git with the commands below:

git config --global "Your Name"
git config --global "Your Email"
git config --list

Setting up the Repo Utility

Repo is a tool built on top of Git that makes it easier to manage projects that contain multiple repositories, which do not need to be on the same server. Repo complements very well the layered nature of the Yocto Project, making it easier for users to add their own layers to the BSP.

To install the repo utility, perform these steps:

  1. Create a bin folder in the home directory:


If the bin folder already exists skip the mkdir ~/bin step.

mkdir ~/bin
curl > ~/bin/repo
chmod a+x ~/bin/repo
  1. Add the following line to the ~/.bashrc file to ensure that the ~/bin folder is in your PATH variable:
export PATH=~/bin:$PATH

BSP Checkout

The Repo tool checks out different layers for you, which are defined in our XML-manifest. Their source code can be found in sources directory, which contains the recipes and machine configurations used to build the images.

Branch Kernel Version Supported Machines
hardknott 5.10.72_2.2.0
Linux IMX lf-5.10.y Fork
  • TX8M series
  • TX8P series
  • QS8M series
  • QSXM series
  • QSXP series
gatesgarth 5.10.9_1.0.0
Linux IMX 5.10.9 Fork
  • TX8M series
  • TX8P series
  • QS8M series
  • QSXM series
  • QSXP series
zeus 5.4.70_2.3.0
Linux IMX 5.4 Fork
  • TX8M series
  • TX8P series
  • QS8M series
  • QSXM series
  • QSXP series


The directory karo-nxp-bsp is just an example and can be chosen freely.

The following command will checkout the latest version of the BSP in Branch gatesgarth.

mkdir karo-nxp-bsp
cd karo-nxp-bsp
repo init -u -b hardknott
repo sync


If you want to checkout a previous Release Version, use repo as follows:

repo init -u -b refs/tags/<tagname>

Release-Tags can be viewed on GitHub:


From the repo init --help:

--no-clone-bundle: disable use of /clone.bundle on HTTP/HTTPS
Not using this option can lead to errors when calling repo init.

If errors occur during repo initialization, try deleting the .repo directory and running the repo initialization command again.