This is in reference to: Ubuntu will not boot into busybox for remote LUKS decryption using dropbear

I have really like this solution by BinaryShrub.

One question: what is the right way to set the listening port of dropbear in this setup?

Thank you!

2 Answers 2


You can specify the options to dropbear in your /etc/initramfs-tools/initramfs.conf or /etc/dropbear/initramfs/dropbear.conf since Debian 12


And then rebuild the initramfs: update-initramfs -u

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    Note: /etc/dropbear-initramfs/config seems to be the place to do the dropbear specific configs now.
    – rel
    Jul 4, 2021 at 10:24
  • As I said on wiki.debian.org/DropBear the new folder is /etc/dropbear/initramfs Apr 1 at 15:18

I've managed to find a solution (nothing helped me on internet...), I've tried many things as change port in /etc/default/dropbear or etc/init.d/dropbear without any effect...

So, after searching how initramfs works and how dropbear is launched at boot, here is the solution:

$ cd /usr/share/initramfs-tools/scripts/init-premount
$ nano dropbear

then go to the function run_dropbear(), you should find a line with something like this:

exec /sbin/dropbear ${DROPBEAR_OPTIONS:-$PKGOPTION_dropbear_OPTION} -Fs

Just add the following option at the end of line:

exec /sbin/dropbear ${DROPBEAR_OPTIONS:-$PKGOPTION_dropbear_OPTION} -Fs -p #### (where #### is your port number)

Don't forget to run update-initramfs -u after this modification. Reboot. Your SSH at boot time should now be on the chosen port.


  • That is much better then your first "answer". 10 points extra!
    – Fabby
    Oct 21, 2016 at 22:40
  • Used in this howto, thanks.
    – ceremcem
    Sep 21, 2018 at 23:04

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