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PSVita Linux build instructions

0) Solder UART0 pins

  1. Check here for the pinout. You will also need a 1.8V level shifter.

1) Install an ARMv7 cross-compiler

  1. Go to
  2. Select arch: armv7-eabihf
  3. Select libc: glibc
  4. Download bleeding-edge
  5. Uncompress it (for example to /opt)
  6. Add the bin/directory of the toolchain to $PATH
    • In my case: export PATH=$PATH:/opt/armv7-eabihf--glibc--bleeding-edge-2018.11-1/bin

2) Build Buildroot

  1. git clone git://
  2. Download and copy this Buildroot .config to buildroot/.config
  3. cd buildroot && make -j4
  4. This will generate output/images/rootfs.cpio.xz

3) Build Linux

  1. git clone
  2. cd linux && cp ../buildroot/output/images/rootfs.cpio.xz linux/ .
  3. make ARCH=arm vita_defconfig
  4. make ARCH=arm CROSS_COMPILE=arm-linux- -j8
  5. make ARCH=arm CROSS_COMPILE=arm-linux- vita.dtb
  6. This will generate arch/arm/boot/zImage and arch/arm/boot/dts/vita.dtb

4) Build vita-linux-loader

  1. Install vitasdk
  2. git clone
  3. cd vita-linux-loader && make
  4. This will generate linuxloader.skprx

5) Build and install the Plugin Loader VPK

  1. git clone
  2. cd vita_plugin_loader && mkdir build && cd build && cmake .. && make
  3. Install plugin_loader.vpk

6) Boot Linux

  1. Copy linuxloader.skprx to ux0:data/tai/kplugin.skprx
    • Configurable in vita_plugin_loader/main.c:13
  2. Copy linux/arch/arm/boot/zImage to ux0:/linux/zImage
  3. Copy linux/arch/arm/boot/dts/vita.dtb to ux0:/linux/vita.dtb
  4. Launch the Plugin Loader VPK

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