This article is a complete flow to create a Linux image for the ZCU102 using Yocto 2017.1. This is aimed to fast-track novices to Linux, as the article details all the steps from
setting up the Virtual Machine, installing Ubuntu 16.04, installing all the libraries, and tools needed to use Yocto.
There are some files mentioned in this article. These can be found here

Note: This flow has been validated in Yocto 2018.1

Note: The installation of the Virtual Machine is given as a guide only. Users will need to check with their IT dept on installation guidelines.

Download the 16.04 Ubuntu ISO:

This can be obtained from here

Installing and configuring Virtualbox:

Virtualbox can be downloaded from here.

Launch Virtualbox, and select New:

In Settings -> Storage -> Optical drives. Select the disk icon and point to the ISO downloaded in the previous step.

In Settings -> Network, change to Bridged Adapter. This will send all the packets to the VM:

Install Ubuntu:

Boot, and Install Ubuntu. The user will need to choose the storage size. 100G is recommended.

Network Setup:

Once installed, go to Settings -> Network and under the Network Proxy, set the HTTP Proxy and the HTTPS Proxy.
Note: you may need to contact your IT dept for help here.

To verify if your proxy is set correctly, you can run a "wget" (or any website) from the terminal.

Shared folder Setup:

We need to be able to share files from Host to the Guest OS. So we need to add the Guest Additions.

Devices -> Insert Guest Additions ..


Next, go to Devices -> Shared Folders, and point to your shared folder to Transient Folders.
Note the Folder Name as this will be used later.

From Terminal:
  • mkdir shared_folder
  • sudo ln -f -s /opt/VBoxGuestAdditions-5.1.xx/lib/VBoxGuestAdditions/mount.vboxsf /sbin/mount.vboxsf
  • sudo mount -t vboxsf -o uid=1000,gid=1000 Folder Name /home/<USER>/shared_folder

SDK 2017.1 install:

Users need to install SDK, as Yocto needs to use XSCT and BootGen

Open Firefox and go to and go to the Support -> Downloads & Licensing. Click on the Embedded Development tab and install the
SDK 2017.1 web install for Linux 64

  • cd ~/Downloads
  • chmod +x Xilinx_SDK_2017.1_XXXX_Lin64.bin
  • ./Xilinx_SDK_2017.1_XXXX_Lin64.bin

Note: To remove SDK, use the command below:

  • sudo /opt/Xilinx/.xinstall/SDK_2017.1/xsetup -uninstall

If you want to launch the SDK GUI, you will need to call the command here:

  • source /opt/Xilinx/SDK/2017.1/
  • Make sure you can launch XSDK, as this is used to create the PMUFW/FSBL
    • You may need to chown -R <USER> /home/<USER>

You can also add the tools to the path:

  • export PATH=$PATH:/opt/Xilinx/SDK/2017.1/bin

Note: you will need the libs mentioned here to compile a Microblaze app:

  • sudo apt-get update
  • sudo apt-get install libc6-i386
  • sudo apt-get install lib32z1
  • sudo apt-get install lib32stdc++6

Install Required Packages:

Open a terminal, and use the commands below:
  • sudo apt-get update
  • sudo apt-get install git
  • sudo apt-get install chrpath
  • sudo apt-get install texinfo
  • sudo apt-get install gawk
  • sudo apt-get install curl
  • sudo apt-get install xvfb
  • sudo chown <USER> /bin
  • sudo curl -k > /bin/repo
    • You can add this to the PATH
    • export PATH=$PATH:/bin
    • repo --help
  • sudo chmod a+x /bin/repo
  • sudo apt-get install socat
  • sudo apt-get install dos2unix
  • sudo apt-get install libc6-i386
  • sudo apt-get install lib32z1
  • sudo apt-get install lib32stdc++6
Note: for a list of all the packages needed, the Petalinux User guide is a good reference

GIT proxy setup:

git config --global
git config --global "Name Surname"

If you are behind a firewall, then the proxy settings should be setup similar to below. However, it is recommended
that you work with your company IT dept if this is the case.

Create a file:
  • mkdir yocto
  • cd yocto
  • cat >
  • export http_proxy=http://proxy:<port>
  • export https_proxy=https://proxy:<port>
  • export ftp_proxy=ftp://proxy
  • export GIT_PROXY_COMMAND=/home/<USER>/yocto/git_proxy
  • git config --global core.gitproxy /home/<USER>/yocto/git_proxy
  • Ctrl + d
  • chmod 777

Create a git_proxy file
  • cat > git_proxy
  • exec socat STDIO$1:$2,socksport=1080
  • Ctrl + d
  • chmod 777 git_proxy

Users should reference this page here for help on setting this up

Source the commands below on the terminal:
  • source

Download Yocto 2017.1:

  • repo init -u git:// -b rel-v2017.1
  • repo sync
  • repo start rel-v2017.1 --all
  • source setupsdk
  • we need to update the build/conf/local.conf to include the following:
    • HDF_BASE = "file://"
    • HDF_PATH = "/home/<USER>/shared_folder/design_1_wrappper.hdf"
    • XILINX_VER_MAIN = "2017.1"
    • EXTERNAL_TOOLCHAIN_microblaze = "/opt/Xilinx/SDK/2017.1/microblaze/linux_toolchain/lin64_le"
    • XILINX_SDK_TOOLCHAIN = "/opt/Xilinx/SDK/2017.1"
    • MACHINE = "zcu102-zynqmp"
    • You can use the local.conf as reference in the folder delivered with this tutorial here
      • You will need to convert this to unix using dos2unix.
      • cp -f /home/<USER>/shared_folder/local.conf conf
  • bitbake petalinux-image-minimal
    • You can run a specific task such as the fsbl using the command
    • bitbake virtual/fsbl
    • you can get these commands by looking in the respective recipe .bb for the “PROVIDES”
    • If "bitbake petalinux-image-minimal" command fails for whatever reason and the logs don’t help, try to run the last task manually to get a better idea of the issue.

Create Flattened Image Tree:

Next, we can create a FIT (Flattened Image Tree) Image with the Kernel, devicetree, and the rootfs created in Yocto. These can be found in the deploy folder (/tmp/yocto/2018.1/zcu102-es2/deploy/images/zcu102-zynqmp).
User can copy these to a local directory. For example:
  • mkdir complete_images
  • cd complete_images
  • cp (/tmp/yocto/2017.1/zcu102-es2/deploy/images/zcu102-zynqmp/Image .
  • cp (/tmp/yocto/2017.1/zcu102-es2/deploy/images/zcu102-zynqmp/zcu102-zynqmp-system.dtb .
  • cp (/tmp/yocto/2017.1/zcu102-es2/deploy/images/zcu102-zynqmp/petalinux-image-minimal-zcu102-zynqmp.cpio.gz .
  • cp (/tmp/yocto/2017.1/zcu102-es2/deploy/images/zcu102-zynqmp/BOOT.bin .

A template FIT (fitImage.its) is delivered with this tutorial, it can be copied here too (remember to change to unix)

We need to use the mkimage delivered in u-boot-tools package to build the ITB:

  • sudo apt-get update
  • sudo apt-get install u-boot-tools
  • sudo apt install device-tree-compiler
  • cd complete_images
  • mkimage -f fitImage.its image.ub
    • Note: If you are copying fit from Windows machine, make sure that it is converted to Unix format.

Boot from SD Card:

Place the BOOT.bin and image.ub onto the SD card and boot u-boot. You will then need to use the command below to boot the kernel:
  • fatload mmc 0 0x3000000 image.ub
  • bootm 0x3000000
  • We can also add this to the uboot (/tmp/yocto/2017.1/zcu102-es2/work/zcu102_zynqmp-xilinx-linux/u-boot-xlnx/v2017.1…./git/include/configs/zilinx_zynqmp.h)
Then do a recompile:
  • bitbake -c compile virtual/bootloader
  • bitbake petalinux-image-minimal

Place the updated BOOT.bin from the deploy/images/zcu102-zynqmp folder onto the SD card, and boot. Here, the kernel will autoboot.

Update Recipe to add Patch for Uboot:

Instead of manually hacking the u-boot as I did, a better way would be to create a git patch, and add this to the recipe. To do so, you need to create the patch first using git diff against the tag.
For example:
  • cd /tmp/yocto/2017.1/zcu102-es2/work/zcu102_zynqmp-xilinx-linux/u-boot-xlnx/v2017.1¡K./git
  • Make the changes mentioned above to the xilinx_zynqmp.h
  • To see the tag, use the command git describe --tags
  • To see the changes against the tag, use the command git diff xilinx-v2017.1
  • To create the patch, use the command git diff xilinx-v2017.1 > sdboot_mod.patch
  • cd /home/<USER>/yocto/sources/meta-xilinx/recipes-bsp/u-boot
  • mkdir files
  • cp sdboot_mod.patch /home/<USER>/yocto/sources/meta-xilinx/recipes-bsp/u-boot/files
    • cat > u-boot-xlnx_%.bbappend
    • SRC_URI_append = " file://sdboot_mod.patch"
    • FILESEXTRAPATHS_prepend := "${THISDIR}/files"
    • Ctrl + d
  • bitbake -c clean virtual/bootloader
  • bitbake -c compile virtual/bootloader
  • bitbake -c clean petalinux-image-minimal
  • bitbake petalinux-image-minimal

Place the BOOT.bin and image.ub onto the SD card and boot.

Booting ZCU102 on QEMU:

Go to the Local.conf and un-comment the lines below:
#QB_OPT_XILINX_PMU_ROM = "/home/$USER/Yocto/pmu_rom_qemu_sha3.elf"
Note: The pmu_rom_qemu_sha3.elf used here is delivered in the ZCU102 BSP obtained from here. However, this is added to the attached zip for ease of use.
This can be copied to the Yocto folder.

Rebuild image:
  • bitbake petalinux-image-minimal

To boot QEMU, use the command below:
  • runqemu zcu102_zynqmp

To kill the QEMU, use the command:
  • Ctrl A +x

Execute Baremetal Hello World on CortexA53 on QEMU:

To boot QEMU, use the command below:
  • runqemu zcu102_zynqmp qemuparams="-gdb tcp::1137"

To Launch SDK, use the commands below:
  • source /opt/Xilinx/SDK/2017.1/
  • xsdk

Create a workspace. Select Application Project. In the Hardware Platform, select New, and Browse to the HDF file in /home/$USER/shared_folder.
Create a Hello World Application from the templates, and Finish.

Launch XSCT from a terminal (xsct), and use the command below:
  • gdbremote connect:1137
  • connect -l
    • connect -l is to get the connection info

In SDK, under Target Connection. Drop down the QEMU TcfGdbClient Server, and either create a new connect, or edit the existing one.
set the Host to localhost, and the Port is the port obtained from connect -l is previous step:


Use the Test Connection to verify that this is setup correctly

Right Click on the Hello World application in SDK Project Explorer, and select Debug -> launch on Hardware (System Debugger on QEMU).

This will launch the debug perspective and allow the user to debug: