How to Build Open Network Linux

In case you are not interested in building ONL from scratch
(it takes a while) you can download pre-compiled binaries from .

Build Hosts and Environments

ONL builds with Docker so the only requirements on the build system is:

All of the testing is done with Debian, other Linux distributions may work, but we suggest using Debian 8.
# apt-get install binfmt-support
then follow the instructions at:

Build ONL Summary

The easiest way to build is to use the make docker command:

#> git clone
#> cd OpenNetworkLinux
#> make docker

This will build a Debian 7 based ONL from the master branch

To build a Debian 8 based ONL run:

#> git clone
#> cd OpenNetworkLinux
#> export VERSION=8
#> make docker

If you would like to build by hand you can do the following:

#> git clone
#> cd OpenNetworkLinux
#> docker/tools/onlbuilder (-8)             # enter the docker workspace
#> apt-cacher-ng
#> source setup.env                         # pull in necessary environment variables
#> make amd64 ppc                           # make onl for $platform (currently amd64 or powerpc)

The resulting ONIE installers are in
and the SWI files (if you want them) are in

Installing Docker Gotchas

Docker installer oneliner (for reference: see for details)

# wget -qO- | sh

Common docker related issues:

Consider enabling builds for non-privileged users with:

Additional Build Details

The rest of this guide talks about how to build specific
sub-components of the ONL ecosystem and tries to overview
all of the various elements of the build.

Build all .deb packages for all architectures

#> cd $ONL/packages
#> make
#> find $ONL/REPO -name \*.deb    # all of the .deb files end up here

A number of things will happen automatically, including:

After all components have been built, your can build an ONL
Software Image from those components.

Adding/Removing packages from a SWI:

The list of packages for a given SWI are in


The "all-base-packages.yml" file is for all architectures and the rest are architecture specific package lists.

Example setup on new Debian 8.2 installation

Install sudo and add yourself to the sudoers:

As root:

apt-get install sudo
vi /etc/sudoers.d/username

Add the line:

username    ALL=(ALL:ALL) ALL

Add the docker key:

sudo apt-key adv --keyserver hkp:// --recv-keys 58118E89F3A912897C070ADBF76221572C52609D

gpg: key 2C52609D: public key "Docker Release Tool (releasedocker) <>" imported
gpg: Total number processed: 1
gpg:               imported: 1  (RSA: 1)

Install necessary items, make, binfmt-support and apt-transport-https (for docker):

sudo apt-get install apt-transport-https make binfmt-support

Add the docker repository to your system:

sudo vi /etc/apt/sources.list.d/docker.list

Add the following line to the file:

deb debian-jessie main

Install Docker:

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install docker-engine

Test Docker:

sudo docker run hello-world

Unable to find image 'hello-world:latest' locally
latest: Pulling from library/hello-world
b901d36b6f2f: Pull complete
0a6ba66e537a: Pull complete
Digest: sha256:8be990ef2aeb16dbcb9271ddfe2610fa6658d13f6dfb8bc72074cc1ca36966a7
Status: Downloaded newer image for hello-world:latest

Hello from Docker.
This message shows that your installation appears to be working correctly.

Add yourself to the docker group:

sudo gpasswd -a user1 docker

Adding user user1 to group docker

logout and log back in for the group to take effect:

Clone the OpenNetworkLinux repository:

git clone

Cloning into 'OpenNetworkLinux'...
Checking connectivity... done.

Build OpenNetworkLinux:

#> cd OpenNetworkLinux/
#> make docker
#> Pulling opennetworklinux/builder7:1.0…


#> docker/tools/onlbuilder
#> source setup.env
#> apt-cacher-ng
#> make onl-x86 onl-ppc

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