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Download and extract Cubian

Before dumping image to µSD card, we need to have it :)


You can get your copy of Cubian from official site. Download image designed for Cubieboard1.

When writing article, the latest version was V5 (Cubian-base-r5-arm-a10.img.7z). I chose Mirror 2 - it was direct link to


The latest versions are packaged using 7zip.

To extract the file, we need to have p7zip (or p7zip-full) installed.

Open Terminal app, cd to directory with downloaded image and type

7z x name-of-file.img.7z

The output will look like this:

7-Zip [64] 9.20  Copyright (c) 1999-2010 Igor Pavlov  2010-11-18
p7zip Version 9.20 (locale=pl_PL.UTF-8,Utf16=on,HugeFiles=on,2 CPUs)

Processing archive: Cubian-base-r5-arm-a10.img.7z

Extracting  Cubian-base-r5-arm-a10.img

Everything is Ok

Size:       968884224
Compressed: 110665584

File is extracted and ready to dump.