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Lightweight justice for your single-board computer! optimised • simplified • for everyone find out more • download image Optional "ready to run" optimised software choices with dietpi-software. Feature rich configuration tool for your device with dietpi-config. DietPi's web hosting is powered by myVirtualServer. A wide range of SBCs and VMs are supported. Click here for the full list.


DietPi is an extremely lightweight Debian-based OS. With images starting at 400MB, that's 3x lighter than "Raspbian Lite". It is highly optimized for minimal CPU and RAM resource usage, ensuring your SBC always runs at its maximum potential. The programs use lightweight Whiptail menus. You'll spend less time staring at the command line, and more time enjoying DietPi.

Use dietpi-software to quickly and easily install popular software that's "Ready to run" and optimised for your system. Only the software you need is installed. Use dietpi-services to control which installed software has higher or lower priority levels (nice, affinity, policy scheduler).

dietpi-update automatically checks for updates and informs you when they are available. Update instantly, without having to write a new image. dietpi-automation Allows you to completely automate a DietPi installation with no user input, simply by configuring "dietpi.txt" before powering on.

The DietPi Project Team


Micha (MichaIng)

Project lead of DietPi (20/02/2019 and onwards), source code contributor, bug fixes, software improvements, DietPi forum administrator.

Active Contributors

Daniel Knight (Fourdee)

Project founder and previous project lead (19/02/2019 and previous), source code contributor and tester.


Joined 2016-06-08

DietPi forum co-administrator, management, support, testing and valuable feedback.


Joined 2017-07-26

Creator and maintainer of the Clonezilla based installer images for x86_64 UEFI systems.


Joined Q4 2019

DietPi forum moderator, support, testing, bug reports + investigation and valuable feedback.


DietPi + Amiberry


Joint venture to bring you the ultimate Amiga experience on your SBC, running lightweight and optimised DietPi at its core: https://github.com/MichaIng/DietPi/issues/474

Previous/Inactive Contributors


Joined 2016-01-01

Contributions to the DietPi in general, in-depth testing, bug finding and valuable feedback, forum moderator.


Joined 2016-03-20

DietPi forum moderator and version history maintainer on forums.


Joined 2018-03-01

Contributions to the DietPi in general, including source code, testing, new devices, forum moderator.


Joined 2015-10-10

Provided DietPi.com web hosting for 1 year until April 17th 2016. Additionally: forum moderator, testing, bug reporting.


Joined 2016-04-01

Contributions to the DietPi in general, including source code and VirtualBox image creation/conversion.


Joined 2016-10-01

Created the DietPi image for NanoPi M3/T3.

Honourable Mentions/Thanks

A personal thanks to Pilovali for helping DietPi during our early days with desperately needed web hosting.


Git coders, please use the active development branch: dev

Are you able to:

  • Provide feedback and/or test areas of DietPi, to improve the user experience?
  • Report bugs?
  • Improve/add more features to the DietPi website?
  • Compile software for our supported SBCs?
  • Contribute to DietPi with programming on GitHub?
  • Suggest new software that we can add to the dietpi-software install system?

If so, let us know! We are always looking for talented people who believe in the DietPi project, and, wish to contribute in any way you can.


Vote for new suggestions, feature-, software- or image requests, or add your own to our new FeatHub page:

Feature Requests


DietPi Copyright (C) 2020 MichaIng

This program is free software: you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the terms of the GNU General Public License as published by the Free Software Foundation, either version 2 of the License, or any later version.

This program is distributed in the hope that it will be useful, but WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY; without even the implied warranty of MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE. See the GNU General Public License for more details.

You should have received a copy of the GNU General Public License along with this program. If not, see https://www.gnu.org/licenses/

DietPi Source

DietPi Files

  • All files located in (recursively):
    • /DietPi/
    • /var/lib/dietpi/
    • /var/tmp/dietpi/
    • /boot/dietpi/
  • /boot/dietpi.txt
  • /boot/config.txt (RPi)
  • /boot/boot.ini (Odroid)
  • All files prefixed with: dietpi-

The above GPLv2 documentation also applies to all mentioned files!

3rd Party Sources/Credits

Links to hardware and software manufacturers, sources and build instructions used in DietPi:

*Note that all licence references and agreements mentioned in the DietPi README section above are relevant to that project's source code only.