Chromium OS Support in U-Boot


This describes how to use U-Boot with Chromium OS. Several options are available:

  • Running U-Boot from the ‘altfw’ feature, which is available on selected Chromebooks from 2019 onwards (initially Grunt). Press ‘1’ from the developer-mode screen to get into U-Boot. See here for details:

  • Running U-Boot from the disk partition. This involves signing U-Boot and placing it on the disk, for booting as a ‘kernel’. See Running U-Boot from coreboot on Chromebooks for information on this. This is the only option on non-U-Boot Chromebooks from 2013 to 2018 and is somewhat more involved.

  • Running U-Boot with Chromium OS verified boot. This allows U-Boot to be used instead of either or both of depthcharge (a bootloader which forked from U-Boot in 2013) and coreboot. See Running U-Boot with Chromium OS verified boot for more information on this.

  • Running U-Boot from coreboot. This allows U-Boot to run on more devices since many of them only support coreboot as the bootloader and have no bare-metal support in U-Boot. For this, use the ‘coreboot’ target.

  • Running U-Boot and booting into a Chrome OS image, but without verified boot. This can be useful for testing.

Talks and documents

Here is some material relevant to Chromium OS verified boot with U-Boot: