OPKG Package Manager

The opkg utility is a lightweight package manager used to download and install packages from local package repositories or those located online. Opkg attempts to resolve dependencies with packages in the repositories; if this fails, it will report an error, and abort the installation of that package.

By default, opkg on mLinux uses one of the MultiTech package repositories located here: http://www.multitech.net/mlinux/feeds/ . This repository has a significant selection of pre-built packages, but is much smaller than repositories for Ubuntu/Debian. The Conduit factory image includes many of these packages. For a smaller memory footprint, flash in the Conduit base image and then use opkg to install the minimum packages needed.

Refer to Using OPKG with mLinux page, for more details on OPKG.

Add a Package Feed

  • Add a feed url to /etc/opkg/mlinux-feed.conf


  • Ensure the Conduit has an internet connection
  • Update available packages: opkg update
  • Install package: opkg install ruby
  • You can also install a package from another repository or from the local drive:
    $ opkg install http://www.multitech.net/mlinux/feeds/3.1/arm926ejste/wget_1.14-r16.0.0_arm926ejste.ipk
    $ opkg install /tmp/hiawatha_7.7-2_ar71xx.ipk
  • For more information on opkg, refer to the Using OPKG with mLinux page or this website: http://wiki.openwrt.org/doc/techref/opkg