NXP® i.MX 8MQuad Evaluation Kit

The official Mender documentation explains how Mender works. This is simply a board-specific complement to the official documentation.

Board description

The NXP® i.MX 8MQuad Evaluation Kit (EVK) provides a platform for rapid evaluation of the i.MX 8MQuad, i.MX 8MDual and i.MX 8MQuadLite Applications Processors, utilizing 2 to 4x Arm® Cortex®-A53s and 1x Cortex-M4 cores. It brings High-Performance with Low Power, Flexible options of Memory and High-Speed Interfaces as well as Industry-Leading Audio and Video capabilities.

URL: Vendor board specs

Test results

The Yocto Project releases in the table below have been tested by the Mender community. Please update it if you have tested this integration on other Yocto Project releases:

Yocto Project Build Runtime
sumo (imx-4.14.98-2.0.0_ga) :test_works: :test_works:
zeus (imx-5.4.3-2.0.0_demo_mender) :test_works: :test_unknown:

Build Means that the Yocto Project build using this Mender integration completes without errors and outputs images.
Runtime Means that Mender has been verified to work on the board. For U-Boot-based boards, the integration checklist has been verified.

Getting started


  • A supported Linux distribution and dependencies installed on your workstation/laptop as described in the Yocto Mega Manual
    • NOTE. Instructions depend on which Yocto version you intend to use.
  • Google repo tool installed and in your PATH.

Configuring the build

Setup Yocto environment

Create a directory for your mender-imx setup to live in and clone the
meta information.

mkdir mender-imx && cd mender-imx

Initialize repo manifest:

repo init -u https://source.codeaurora.org/external/imx/imx-manifest -b imx-linux-sumo -m imx-4.14.98-2.0.0_demo_mender.xml

Fetch layers in manifest:

repo sync

Setup build environment

Initialize the build environment:

DISTRO=fsl-imx-xwayland MACHINE=imx8mqevk . fsl-setup-mender.sh -b build

Configure Mender server URL (optional)

This section is not required for a successful build but images that are generated by default are only suitable for usage with the Mender client in standalone mode, due to lack of server configuration.

You can edit the conf/local.conf file to provide your Mender server configuration, ensuring the generated images and Mender Artifacts are connecting to the Mender server that you are using. There should already be a commented section in the generated conf/local.conf file and you can simply uncomment the relevant configuration options and assign appropriate values to them.

Build for Hosted Mender:

# To get your tenant token:
#    - log in to https://hosted.mender.io
#    - click your email at the top right and then "My organization"
#    - press the "COPY TO CLIPBOARD"
#    - assign content of clipboard to MENDER_TENANT_TOKEN
MENDER_SERVER_URL = "https://hosted.mender.io"
MENDER_TENANT_TOKEN = "<copy token here>"

Building the image

You can now proceed with building an image:

bitbake core-image-base

Replace core-image-base with your desired image target.

Using the build output

After a successful build, the images and build artifacts are placed in build/tmp/deploy/images/imx8mqevk/.

  • build/tmp/deploy/images/imx8mqevk/core-image-base-imx8mqevk.sdimg
  • build/tmp/deploy/images/imx8mqevk/core-image-base-imx8mqevk.mender

The disk image (with .sdimg suffix) is used to provision the device storage for devices without Mender running already. Please proceed to the official documentation on provisioning a new device for steps to do this.

On the other hand, if you already have Mender running on your device and want to deploy a rootfs update using this build, you should use the Mender Artifact files, which have .mender suffix. You can either deploy this Artifact in managed mode with the Mender server (upload it under Releases in the server UI) or by using the Mender client standalone mode.


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Do you know about the SDK and tools for imx8mq?

Hi @Amrun-Nisha-R that’s more likely a question for NXP. We do integrate Mender with their BSP but don’t always enable all the vendor-provided features as our integration here is intended only as a starting point. If you have specific issues we may be able to help.