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ImageBuilder frontends

This page lists software based on ImageBuilder whose goal is to automate or make it easier to generate OpenWrt images.

For one-shot OpenWrt image generation or light customization, it is probably still best to directly use the ImageBuilder.

Gluon

Gluon is a modular framework for creating OpenWrt-based firmware images for wireless mesh nodes. Several Freifunk communities in Germany use Gluon as the foundation of their Freifunk firmware.

Documentation: https://gluon.readthedocs.io/en/v2019.1.x/

Freifunk Berlin firmware

This tool creates customized OpenWrt images for the needs of Freifunk Berlin. It builds images directly from the OpenWrt source code to create an Imagebuilder and SDK. The final images are build with the created Imagebuilder or a prebuild Imagbuilder can be used directly.

Code: https://github.com/freifunk-berlin/firmware

Documentation: https://github.com/freifunk-berlin/firmware#development

Attendedsysupgrade server

This project intends to simplify the sysupgrade process of devices running OpenWrt or distributions based on the former like LibreMesh. The provided tools here offer an easy way to reflash the router with a new version or package upgrades, without the need of opkg installed.

Additionally it offers an API (covered below) to request custom images with any selection of packages pre-installed, allowing to create firmware images without the need of setting up a build environment, even from mobile devices.

Flask-based code: https://github.com/aparcar/attendedsysupgrade-server

OpenWrt Firmware Selector

Javascript interface that allows to create and download an OpenWrt image by connecting to the API of a Attendedsysupgrade server.

Demo: https://sudhanshu16.github.io/openwrt-firmware-selector/

Chef Online Imagebuilder

Same idea (javascript app that connects to a Attendedsysupgrade API), but earlier prototype.

Demo:

Temba (TEMplate BAsed firmware)

Buildsystem to generate custom Openwrt-Firmware files for different nodes in a community network.

It uses erb templates on config files per device, evaluated from inherited yaml files. There are two interfaces: command-line (rake) and web (simple Ruby on Rails app).

Code: https://gitlab.com/guifi-exo/temba

Slide of the presentation at Battlemesh v12: https://www.battlemesh.org/BattleMeshV12?action=AttachFile&do=get&target=custom_pseudofirmware_with_OpenWrt_imagebuilder.pdf

imagebuilder.sh

Part of Temba, a helper script to build the environment to run the image builder.

Code: https://gitlab.com/guifi-exo/temba/blob/master/imagebuilder.sh

openwrt-tools

Project by tetaneutral.net, a community ISP in France.

Python program that uses YAML templates to generate images for various devices. No web interface.

Code: https://redmine.tetaneutral.net/projects/git-tetaneutral-net/repository/openwrt-tools

lime-sdk cooker

The “LibreMesh software development kit” uses the OpenWRT SDK and ImageBuilder to generate (cook) LibreMesh packages and firmware. If you want to create your own LibreMesh flavor because you need some specific configuration or you just want to have control over your binaries, the cooker is your friend!

Command-line interface, but can also be used with Chef.

Code: https://github.com/libremesh/lime-sdk

openwrt-metabuilder

Simple wrapper around ImageBuilder, that automatically downloads the right ImageBuilder archive.

Code: https://github.com/aparcar/openwrt-metabuilder

Mesh testbed generator

Older initiative, was the basis of Temba: https://github.com/yanosz/mesh_testbed_generator/

Meshkit

Project by Freifunk: meshkit is a webinterface for the OpenWrt image generator. It allows you to build customized OpenWrt firmware images to use on your router/access point. It also offers templates for each Freifunk community.

Demo: http://imagebuilder.augsburg.freifunk.net/meshkit

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docs/guide-developer/imagebuilder_frontends.txt · Last modified: 2019/10/19 21:25 by sam0815