create debian packages

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Sky-update will create Skywire packages for debian / armbian / raspbian.

Current binary releases support amd64 arm64 and armhf

Please make sure you have followed closely the instructions in Image Preparation before continuing Note: an autoconfiguration method is now available which does not require images whch were processed with skyimager. Please refer to this note for details regarding this.


Using This Package Repository

1) Add this repository to your apt sources

(as root or use sudo):

add-apt-repository 'deb sid main'

If add-apt-repository is not be available; apt install software-properties-common or manually edit your /etc/apt/sources.list (as root or use sudo):

nano /etc/apt/sources.list

Add the following:

deb sid main
# deb-src sid main

2) Add the repository signing key

(as root or use sudo)

curl -L | apt-key add -

with sudo this would be:

curl -L | sudo apt-key add -

3) Resync the package database:

apt update

4) Install skywire (as root or use sudo):

apt install skywire

At the point you have completed step 4, skywire is installed.

The remainder of the steps on this page cover autoconfiguration which is sometimes prone to errors. Skip to step 5 for autoconfiguration as it is done in skybian.

If you have used skyimager, the configuration files should be present at /etc/skywire-visor.json or /etc/skywire-hypervisor.json depending on the image.

4.1) Manual Skywire configuration

Check which configuration files are present:

ls /etc/*.json


If the configuration files are not present, you must first generate them:

skywire-cli visor gen-config -ro /etc/skywire-visor.json

And / Or

skywire-hypervisor gen-config -ro /etc/skywire-hypervisor.json

Be sure to copy the hypervisor public key to the appropriate place in the skywire-visor.json as stated in the readme for skywire-mainnet.

To view the public key for the hypervisor:

cat /etc/skywire-hypervisor.json | grep "public_key" | awk '{print substr($2,2,66)}'

To parse the hypervisor key from /etc/skywire-hypervisor.json to /etc/skywire-visor.json (for running a hypervisor and a visor together)

hvisorkey=$(cat /etc/skywire-hypervisor.json | grep "public_key" | awk '{print substr($2,2,66)}') && sed -i 's/"hypervisors".*/"hypervisors": [{"public_key": "'"${hvisorkey}"'"}],/' /etc/skywire-visor.json


When the configuration file or files are present, enable and start the systemd service:

systemctl enable skywire-visor
systemctl start skywire-visor


systemctl enable skywire-hypervisor
systemctl start skywire-hypervisor

5) Install skybian-skywire for autoconfiguration scripts:

If you have completed step 4.1 through 4.3 PLEASE DO NOT CONTINUE WITH THESE STEPS

apt install skybian-skywire


There are 2 sets of scripts in this package

If you have configured your image with skyimager, use step 5.1

If you have not configured your image with skyimager, use step 5.2

5.1) Autoconfigure Skywire (images prepared with skyimager)

you may run the following from the terminal on each board:


Your configuration should be complete at this point.

View the hyperviisor’s web interface to make sure everything worked.

5.2) Configure Skywire (alternative method for images NOT prepared with skyimager)

disclaimer: not fully tested

First, on the hypervisor:


Then, enable and start the systemd services

systemctl enable skywire-hypervisor.service
systemctl start skywire-hypervisor.service
systemctl enable skywire-visor.service
systemctl start skywire-visor.service

Next, on the visors:


You will be asked to input the hypervisor’s ip address.

After the script has finished, continue with the following commands:

apt update
apt install hypervisorkey

Then, enable and start the systemd service:

systemctl enable skywire-visor.service
systemctl start skywire-visor.service

Your configuration should be complete at this point.

View the hypervisor’s web interface to make sure everything worked.

6) Updating your system and the skywire installation.

(as root)

apt update
apt upgrade

if you have followed the steps on this page, your operating system and the skywire installation will be updated if any more recent packages are available than your currently installed ones.

7) Build a newer package from source

Note, the following is the subject of a PR

Install these dependancies first:

sudo apt install golang wget

or, as root

apt install sudo golang wget


Clone the skywire-mainnet github repo

git clone
cd skywire-mainnet

(Optionally, switch the branch you’re on at this point if you want.)


replace the Makefile with one from Skyfleet which includes a package directive

rm Makefile


fetch the systemd services from SkycoinProject/Skybian (recommend use the develop branch)

cd static
cd ..


In the following commands, please use the correct architecture for your system. To determine this, you can use the output of the command dpkg --print-architecture

For rpi3 use armhf:

make package-armhf
sudo dpkg -i *armhf.deb

for orange pi prime or pine64 (most 64 bit ARM boards / OSes), use arm64

make package-arm64
sudo dpkg -i *arm64.deb

for a desktop or server, use amd64

make package-amd64
sudo dpkg -i *amd64.deb

You may need to use the --force-overwrite flag if you try to install over Skybian’s skywire installation.

After you make the package you can serve it on the LAN to your other boards. Refer to this script or a more current version in this repository for how to do that.