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Buildrom is a tool that can construct a coreboot image (comprising the coreboot loader and payload) from scratch. Starting from a configuration file, it will download and build all the code necessary to construct the final binary.

A tool with similar functionality is Etherboot's ROM-o-matic which builds etherboot as a coreboot ELF payload.

Supported Platforms

Buildrom supports the following platforms:

  • AMD DB800
  • AMD Geode LX 'Norwich'
  • AMD 'Serengeti Cheetah'
  • Artec Group DBE61
  • Digital Logic MSM800SEV
  • Gigabyte GA-M57SLI-S4
  • Gigabyte 2761GXDK
  • PC Engines ALIX1.C
  • Supermicro H8DMR
  • Tyan S2882
  • Tyan S2891

Supported Payloads

Buildrom supports the following payloads:

  • Linux kernel
  • Etherboot
  • FILO
  • "Linux-as-bootloader" (LAB)
  • Memtest86+ (except on the GA-M57SLI-S4 and the Tyan S2891)


$ svn co svn://


You will need the following packages on your system to use buildrom. Please consult your distribution documentation on how to install new packages:

  • subversion
  • make
  • quilt
  • GNU compiler tools (as, ld, gcc)
  • iasl (for AMD K8 platforms)


In the buildrom-devel directory, type:

$  make menuconfig

You can now navigate the configuration system (this is the same configuration engine that the Linux kernel uses, so it should be familiar to some readers).

Building the ROM

Make sure you have access to the internet (to download new packages), and type the following to create your ROM:

$ make

Buildrom will download and build all the components of the ROM selected in the configuration stage. if the build is successful, then the final ROM will be located in buildrom-devel/deploy. If it is not successful, then you will see an error message. You can see the build output for each package in by reading build.log in the work/<package>logs/ directory (i.e work/filo/logs/build.log).

Developing within Buildrom

This section is for the developers who wish to change and rebuild the code. BuildROM builds the code for coreboot and the payloads in the work/ directory. Here is a typical view of the buildROM work/ directory:

$ ls work/
  linuxbios  filo

In each directory, you will find three directories. Logs from the build will be found in logs/ and timestamps that the build system uses are in stamps/. You normally won't have to touch these directories. The source code is located in the third directory. BuildROM provides several commands to make it easy to rebuild individual packages and ROMs. To clean a directory (but not remove the source code) use 'make <package>-clean'. You can build an individual packages with 'make <package>'. f you wish to completely erase the source code and start again with a pristine version, use 'make <package>-distclean'. Typing 'make' at any time will rebuild the ROM using the most current versions of the individual packages. Here is a typical work flow for modifying coreboot code:

  1. Build the initial ROM from scratch with 'make'
  2. Edit the coreboot source code in work/linuxbios/svn/
  3. Clean the coreboot package with 'make linuxbios-clean'
  4. Rebuild the ROM with 'make'