http://www.raspberrypi.org/downloads/ lists only a Snappy Ubuntu Core image for the Noobs OS installer.

Is it possible to install a traditional Ubuntu OS, featuring apt-get together with the standard repositories (so not Snappy Ubuntu), on the Raspberry Pi 2? Is a Noobs image for this in the works?

  • Snappy does not use apt-get. I think Raspbian is closer to what you want.
    – Jos
    Feb 9, 2015 at 12:49
  • @Jos: well yes, I am asking for non-Snappy Ubuntu. I edited the question for clarity.
    – lmari
    Feb 9, 2015 at 13:02
  • In waiting for my Pi 2 to come in, but from what I understand you need to install with a netinstall image. - - edit: I assumed server, cause that what I want. Not sure about desktop edition
    – geoffmcc
    Feb 9, 2015 at 13:49
  • Install APT's dependencies manually, copy APT database from Ubuntu Core ARM database, install APT and voilá. Feb 11, 2015 at 18:19
  • @Erkin: I don't think you can install apt-get at all on Snappy Ubuntu Core: developer.ubuntu.com/en/snappy
    – lmari
    Feb 12, 2015 at 9:28

3 Answers 3


User leo submitted a great answer as a comment, I am reposting it here for convenience:

There is also a community image here, with all instructions on what you might want to install/configure as well


Okay, so here is the link for netinstall of Ubuntu Desktop armhf Ubuntu 14.04

For more info check out guide

Can't go any further till I get mine, plus I'm going to install a server install.

  • How does any of this relate to a Raspberry Pi 2? As far as I can tell, OS installation for a Raspberry Pi involves writing an OS image on an SD card from another PC, then booting the Pi with the SD...
    – lmari
    Feb 9, 2015 at 14:33
  • Yes, you would put the files on SD. From what I read, they go into /boot directory. Not sure if just have to restart at that point or if there more too it. I been researching topic, but at standstill till mine come in. We may have to check out the raspbian-ua-netinstall source on GitHub for some clues how to achieve.
    – geoffmcc
    Feb 9, 2015 at 14:35
  • Quoting from the guide you posted: "You need to have grub or grub2 already installed and bootable in order to use this method". I don't think this is the case with the Raspberry Pi.
    – lmari
    Feb 9, 2015 at 14:45
  • I missed that... Sorry. I still think the answer is going to be similar to raspbian-ua-netinstall. May need to wait on them, or someone else.
    – geoffmcc
    Feb 9, 2015 at 14:47
  • Ugh. Mine won't ship till 2/19 (I ordered 2/2) but I guess it better than original ship date of 2/24
    – geoffmcc
    Feb 9, 2015 at 14:51

All nonsense - of course you can run Ubuntu on Pi!

There is Ubuntu 14.4.2, compiled for armhf (for the Pi 2, at least). You can write it to your SD card using Apple Pi-Baker for Mac (go find your own, Windows users!).

It instantly loads to the login page (ubuntu, ubuntu being the default user and password).

You can upgrade that image to at least Ubuntu 15.04, if you wish.

That is all for Ubuntu server, of course. If you want Ubuntu desktop, try the Mate image, currently compiled up to Ubuntu 15.10.

In closing, the ENTIRE point of Ubuntu Snappy is to standardise and simplify installations specifically excluding tools like apt-get.

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