Ubuntu for the Internet of Things

From smart homes to smart drones, robots, and industrial systems, Ubuntu is the new standard for embedded Linux. Get the world’s best security, a custom app store, a huge developer community and reliable updates.

Leading brands choose Ubuntu Core for security, apps and updates

  • IBM
  • Qualcomm
  • Samsung
  • Intel
  • arm
  • Rigado

Digital signage

A small footprint and full OpenGL make Ubuntu Core the perfect platform for secure digital signs.

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Robotics

Unleash the robots with ROS on Ubuntu. For autonomous vehicles and smart manufacturing.

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Gateways

Rich networking and comms make Ubuntu the perfect choice for your industrial gateways.

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Private App Store included

Turn on your app store, and build on the huge Ubuntu app portfolio. Ubuntu is the developer platform, with the largest pool of talent and the best developer tools.

Get to market quickly with SMART START

Canonical and partners offer full-service enablement, customisation and development to get your first device to market. App store and security updates guaranteed.

SMART START

$30,000 - 2 week delivery


  • X86 or ARM
  • Ubuntu Server or Core
  • Dedicated app store
  • 1,000 devices included
  • 3 snaps produced for you
  • 3 days consulting
  • Monthly security updates

Time to market is crucial when establishing an IoT strategy. Canonical will validate your hardware, package your apps and prepare your device image. Free your team to focus on your solution, industrial design and business operations.

Choose from our extensive list of certified boards and boxes with long-term security commitments.

Add-ons cover enablement and certification of alternative boards and additional chipsets. For the first year, app store and device security updates are included.

Add-ons to SMART START

Full Disk Encryption

$30,000


Enable full disk encryption with hardware key management and optional key escrow. Choice of ciphers and hardware acceleration for minimal performance impact. Essential for devices with personal information in regulated industries.

Secure Boot

$30,000


Enable secure boot, ensuring that the device will only run its certified workload. Hardware key management devices such as the TPM are used to validate each stage of the boot process, for enhanced assurance of integrity of the running OS.

Device Enablement

$25,000 - $200,000


If Canonical’s certified hardware list doesn’t include what you need, we may be willing to enable your preferred board. Pricing varies depending on the similarity between your board and existing certified boards.

FIPS Certification

$45,000


Meet Federal information processing requirements with a FIPS-certified kernel and cryptographic libraries. FIPS certification takes place every six months - fully compliant devices must restrict updates to certified versions. Note that this is available on x86 only.

Kernel Livepatch

$60,000


Reduce the number of reboots significantly by live patching your running kernel. Requires specific certified kernel on an Ubuntu LTS release. Requires x86 architecture.

High Availability Kubernetes

$15,000


With Canonical MicroK8s you gain a fully CNCF conformant cloud-native Kubernetes for device application operations, including clustering for high availability, service mesh support and automatic security updates.

Update Control

Regular updates for Ubuntu and your apps protect devices from ongoing attacks. Robust and reliable update mechanisms mean we safely address security issues automatically by default. If you want to review changes, Update Control ensures that changes are only applied after they are certified by the device manufacturer.

Snaps for security

Ubuntu Core is an all-snap version of Ubuntu. A snap is a secure, easily upgraded, universal Linux package for an app and all its dependencies. Snaps are:

  • Confined for strict security
  • Transactional for reliable updates
  • Compressed to save disk space
  • Easy to create and distribute
  • Widely adopted by industry leaders

Learn how to make a snap

Look who’s leading

The making of the Nextcloud box

In this webinar, Nextcloud founder, Frank Karlitschek, describes the creation of the Nextcloud box, a secure self-hosted cloud that lets consumers take control of their personal data.

Watch the Nextcloud webinar

Tunnel drones, going where man cannot

AeroLion Technologies’s UAVs are undertaking tasks autonomously and helping to inspect areas that were previously unreachable, either due to extreme or dangerous conditions or because the area is geographically inaccessible.

Read the AeroLion case study

Azeti raises the bar for field operations

Azeti Networks is a global provider of IoT technology to companies from telecommunications to manufacturing, finance and healthcare. Azeti chose Ubuntu Core for improved operations and security.

Read the Azeti Networks case study

Dell — defining industrial intelligence

The Dell Edge Gateway range bring familiar X86 robust connectivity to the industrial market, making it easy to create and manage diverse industrial control systems for static and mobile applications.

Learn more about the Dell Edge Gateway

From prototype to production on all major platforms


Intel NUC, Up2 , TANK, Joule

Intel’s dedicated IoT kits bring 64-bit multi-core processing to the connected device market, for rapid developer engagement and industry-standard code.

Learn more on intel.com


Raspberry Pi 2,3,4

For fun, for education and for profit, the RPi makes device development personal and entertaining. With support for both the Pi2, Pi3 and the new Pi4, Ubuntu Core supports the world’s most beloved board.

Learn more on rasberrypi.org


Qualcomm Dragonboard

64-bit ARM boards bring high-end performance to the low-power segment, enabling a new class of drones and mobile intelligence.

Learn more on qualcomm.com

Best for developers

With Ubuntu, you can develop a packaged application on your laptop, then monetise it by publishing it directly to the snap store.

Learn about developing your IoT project with Ubuntu

Let’s work together

Talk to us if you are thinking about using Ubuntu Core for your next Internet of Things project.

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