Pine64 A64(+) + Armbian Buster + Docker

Table of Content.


Following the list of step to install Docker in the Pine64 cluster:


  1. Download Armbian Buster image for pine64
  2. Burn ssd using Etcher
  3. Start Pine64 with the new ssd. It will take few seconds because is resizing the sdd partition to use the full size. After that:
    1. Login using Log in as: root Password: 1234
    2. First login as root will ask for a new password.
    3. First login will ask to create a new admin user.
    4. Login using the new user.
  4. Change host name. The default hostname is pine64. We are going to create a small cluster, so we don’t want to use the same name in all nodes.
    1. Change hostname
      hostnamectl set-hostname pine641
    2. Replace all references to the old name in /etc/hosts
      sudo vi /etc/hosts
    3. Reboot
  5. Update and install commons used software. The Debian image installed is the server version, so it comes with htop, openssh, etc..
    sudo apt update
    sudo apt full-upgrade
    sudo apt install neovim
    sudo update-alternatives --config editor
    sudo update-alternatives --config vi
  6. Set static ip. I’m going to use to 194 for the Pine64 nodes. So, I will add the static configuration in /etc/network/interfaces:
    auto eth0
    #iface eth0 inet dhcp
    iface eth0 inet static
    And restart the network service:
    sudo service networking restart


Docker officially supports Debian Buster 10, so let’s follow the documentation:

sudo apt-get remove docker docker-engine containerd runc
sudo apt autoremove
sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get install \
    apt-transport-https \
    ca-certificates \
    curl \
    gnupg-agent \

curl -fsSL | sudo apt-key add -

sudo apt-key fingerprint 0EBFCD88

sudo add-apt-repository \
   "deb [arch=arm64] \
   $(lsb_release -cs) \

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get install docker-ce docker-ce-cli

sudo groupadd docker
sudo usermod -aG docker $USER

Restart the session, to be sure changes in the user groups are available, and then:

docker run hello-world