OS Install Guide

Install Methods

ODROID-M1S have on-board eMMC storage unlike prior ODROID boards that offer you to use preferred boot method SD or eMMC, this introduces a bit difficult problem compared to prior ODROID that one can flash OS image to eMMC using a memory card reader. For this problem, what we achieved is to flash an OS image to eMMC in the factory and let users select a preferred OS for their usage from the menu that appears to the display when one power up the ODROID-M1S at first. This method is valid whenever one wants to install another OS using an SD card.

This is the default installation method when you have a brand new ODROID-M1S, this method will let you choose an OS version and install it to eMMC instantly so one only need to select a OS images listed in the display device and start to flash.

  • Android 11
  • Ubuntu 20.04 Server
  • Ubuntu 20.04 Gnome Desktop

This is quite the same method with Factory Installer except this method starts from an SD card that is flashed by the user with the installer image. This method is helpful when the Factory Installer method fails for some reason, or when you want to deploy OS images for a certain purpose.

Download the installer image from here.

This is the similar method to flash OS image from a PC like prior ODROID boards that is flashed using SD card reader or eMMC Writer module. Only difference is that you will need a micro USB cable to connect ODROID-M1S to PC and a small capacity SD card to flash a firmware that switches ODROID-M1S to USB storage.

Click this to download the image that switches ODROID-M1S to USB Mass Storage device.

In Windows, ODROID-M1S will be presented as USB Mass Storage Device when you check in Control Panel or Device Manager and shows the eMMC capacity in Disk Management.

If you are running Android on ODROID-M1S, you will not prepare a SD card to flash a firmware. Instead run reboot ums in the shell will achieve the same result.

Operating Systems we're providing

We're providing Ubuntu as well as Android for each ODROID board.

Ubuntu Server is for those who want to use the board as a headless server like a NAS, a website hosting server or a media player, even a simple classic game emulator. Or, it could be a remote build machine too.

Ubuntu Gnome Desktop is one of the most famous Linux distribution provides a graphical desktop environment. It is lightweight, fast and customizable at your taste. If you want to get more information, please visit Ubuntu websites: https://ubuntu.com/

Android is the most popular mobile platform in the world. You can use Android to get the easy interface for any of diverse use.


Ubuntu 20.04


Gnome Desktop

Android 11 (11.0.0) image.

We're also providing the other useful third-party images for use as a media server, a game station, or a network-attached server.

And the other Linux distributions are also provided. These powerful images are from our partners or our customer.

All of these images are listed here: Third-party images.

  • Ubuntu user/passwd: odroid/odroid
  • Ubuntu Minimal user/passwd: odroid/odroid


You can easily flash an image to your memory card using Etcher.

Download Etcher here: https://www.balena.io/etcher/

  1. Open Etcher.
  2. Select the downloaded OS image.
  3. Select the inserted memory card. (Normally, the memory card is detected automatically.)
  4. Click Flash!

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  • Last modified: 2024/03/21 11:41
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