Getting Started with M1P

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Overview: BPI-M1P ubuntu linux
  The Banana Pi M1+ features onboard WiFi g/b/n. The board supports all classic projects and even more because of the onboard WIFi chip. Like its sibling, it can run operating systems including Android, Lubuntu, Ubuntu, Debian, and Raspbian.
  The Banana Pi M1+ is our upgraded M1 board. We feel like the onboard WiFi adds a lot more features to the board and makes it more convient for users to set up their linx desktop or router projects. 

Key Features

  • Dual-core 1.0GHz CPU
  • 1 GB DDR3 memeory
  • Mali-400 MP2 with Open GL ES 2.0/1.1
  • WiFi onbaord


Let's get start to develop on BPI-M1P, see amazing things happen.

Basic Development

Prepare to develop

 * Prepare 8G/above TF card, USB-Serial interface, PC with Ubuntu System
 * Using your USB-Serial Connect debug console on M1P

Load your first image on M1P

 1.You could download latest image from our forum
 2.Install bpi-tools on your system
 * apt-get install pv
 * curl -sL | sudo -E bash
 3.After you download the image, insert your TF card into your Ubuntu
 * Execute "bpi-copy xxx.img /dev/sdx" to install image on your TF card.
 4.After step 3, then you can insert your TF card into M1P, and press power button setup M1P

Load your first image on M1P EMMC

 * Run your M1P with TF card
 * Copy " / xxx-sd-emmc-xxx.img" to your USB disk
 * Plug your USB disk in M1P
 * After M1P recognise USB disk, execute "bpi-copy / xxx-sd-emmc-xxx.img" to install image on EMMC
 * Then power off M1P, take TF card out, power on M1P

Advanced Development


1. Mount SATA on M1P

  • After insert sata interface, execute "fdisk -l"
  • Then "mount /dev/sdx /mnt/xxx"
 M1P Sata.png

2. If you meet some errors when you mount SATA, try these following commands:

  • "fdisk /dev/sdx" to create new partition , set your partition numbers and size, after created partitions, input "wq" to save and quit.
  • "mkfs.ext2 /dev/sdx" to format the SATA
  • "mount /dev/sdx /mnt/xxx"

3. After you success to insert SATA, we could input following commands to test SATA interface:

  • "time dd if=/dev/xxx of=/dev/null bs=1M count=1000" to test read speed
  • "time dd if=/dev/zero of=/dev/sdx bs=1M count=1000" to test write speed
 Sata test.png


1. On M1P console:

  • Execute "./", then execute "ps -ax | grep adbd" to see if adbd is set up
 M2P ADBD.png

2. On PC terminal:

  • If adbd was succeed to set up, insert OTG-USB interface to M1P and PC(with Ubuntu system)
  • Execute "adb devices" to see if PC has recognised M1P OTG
  • If yes, we could execute "adb shell" to connect M1P by adb now
 M2P ADBD Shell.png

LCD 5" & LCD 7"

  • Execute "bpi-bootsel", you'll see a list of boot files
  • Find "BPI_M1P_LCD7.img.gz"
  • Then execute "bpi-bootsel /usr/lib/u-boot/bananapi/bpi-M1P/BPI_M1P_LCD7.img.gz"
 File:M1P bootsel lcd7.png

Touch screen


Use iperf3 to test gmac

1. On PC Terminal:

  • Execute "iperf3 -s"

2. On M1P console:

  • TCP test: "iperf3 -c serverIP"
  • UDP test: "iperf3 -u -c serverIP"

M1P Gmac test.png


  • Use bluetoothctl tool to operate BT
  • Execute "bluetoothctl"
  • If you don't know how to use bluetoothctl, type "help", you will see more commands
  • Execute these commands:

File:M1P bluetooth.png

WiFi on M1P

WiFi Client

You have two ways to setup WiFi Client

1. Use commands to setup WiFi client

  • ip link set wlan0 up
  • iw dev wlan0 scan | grep SSID
  • vim /etc/wpasupplicant/wpa_supplicant.conf
  • network={ ssid="ssid" psk="password" priority=1 }
  • wpa_supplicant -B -dd -i wlan0 -c /etc/wpa_supplicant/wpa_supplicant.conf
  • dhclient wlan0

2. Use UI interface to setup WiFi Client

Clear boot

Camara function

We use HDF5640(The left one) camara and HDF8865(The right one).

Ov5640 camara.png Ov8865 camara.png


  • Use your UI interface to operate camara
  • Applications -> Sound & Video -> guvcview



  • We also have built-in command in "/usr/local/bin" to test camara
  • "./" to test picture taking function
  • "./" to test video recording function


  • "/"

IR function

  • Execute "getevent"
  • Use your IR device to send information to M1P

M1P IR.png


RGB 1602 LCD

  • Execute "/usr/local/bin/"

0.96 Inch OLED Display

  • Execute "/usr/local/bin/"

8x8 RGB LED Martix

  • Firstly you need a GPIO Extend Board for 8x8 LED Martix

WringPi LED Martix Extend Board.png

  • Execute "/usr/local/bin/"

File System

  • read only system change to read & write mode: "mount -o remount,rw /"

Install QT

  • sudo apt-get install build-essential
  • sudo apt-get install libgl1-mesa-dev
  • sudo apt-get install libglu1-mesa-dev
  • sudo apt-get install freeglut3-dev
  • sudo apt-get install cmake
  • sudo apt-get install qt5-default qtcreator