Installing Flash Tool Lite on Linux*

This section contains steps to install Flash Tool Lite to update (flash) the firmware on your Intel® Edison board. The firmware is your board's operating system, and also allows for use of Wi-Fi*, Bluetooth*, analog and digital controls, and other functions. While installing and flashing your board is not necessarily required to begin programming your board, it's important to keep your firmware up-to-date to ensure the best stability and performance for your board. Flashing your firmware also gives you access to vital features, like the ability to connect your board to a wireless network.

For an introduction to flashing your firmware, see Flashing your board's firmware.


  • You have already set up your board and connected the board to your host system. This includes assembling your board, installing the appropriate drivers (if your host system has Windows*), and flashing your firmware. For steps, see the appropriate guide for Windows 64-bit, Windows 32-bit, Mac* OS X*, and Linux*.
  • Once you have connected your board, you should see a drive called Edison show up in Files. You will want to use /media/username/Edison, not /media/psf/Edison.


Remove old images

  1. Open up a new Terminal window.
  2. Enter the command:

    cd /media/username

  3. Type ls and press Enter. Verify that the Edison directory is in the list.
  4. To remove all visible files and folder, enter the command:

    rm –rf Edison/*

  5. To remove all hidden files and folders, enter the command:

    rm –rf Edison/\.*

  6. To view files on the mounted Edison drive, enter the command:

    ls -lag Edison.

    Verify that the files have been removed.

Linux installation

The Linux installation instructions are only for 64-bit operating systems; the versions supported in Ubuntu are therefore Ubuntu 12.04 LTS 64-bit and greater.

  1. Install the dependent packages for the tool by entering the appropriate command:
    • For Ubuntu 12.04LTS: 

      sudo apt-get install gdebi ia32-libs 

    • For Ubuntu 13.04 64-bit and later:
    • sudo apt-get install gdebi libncurses5:i386 libstdc++6:i386 

  2. Download and run the latest version of Flash Tool Lite from the Intel® Platform Flash Tool Lite page. Complete the installation either through Terminal or Ubuntu Software Center.
    • From Ubuntu Terminal, enter the command:

      sudo gdebi name_of_flash_tool_lite.deb

      Be sure to replace name_of_flash_tool_lite.deb with the correct name of the installation deb file.

    • From Ubuntu Software Center:

      The Ubuntu Software Center will handle the installation. Double-click the .deb file, then click Install Package and enter the password. If prompted, accept the IPL license to begin the installation process.

Next Steps

Now that you have installed Flash Tool Lite, continue to Flashing the firmware with Flash Tool Lite.


Last Updated: 
Saturday, April 25, 2015
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