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What is ARM?

Without getting too technical, an ARM (or Advanced RISC Machine) usually refers to a very small and usually cheap device that is often created for a very specific task. These machines are so called because they use an ARM processor (a small processor with less speed/capabilities than a traditional computer processor). You often see these processors in small devices like cellphones, watches, or othes that have a limited amount of space and/or battery power.

In the context of Ignition, you might take a small device (like a Raspberry Pi or similar) and install Ignition to create an edge of network device for simple data logging. You could also install a slimmed down operating system like Linux and use the device as a client for an existing Ignition installation. This page details installing Ignition on the device and is focused on our edge of network example rather than using the device as a client.

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ARM Processor Installation

Installing Ignition on an ARM processor cannot be done with the standard installation executable, but is otherwise very simple. To install on ARM, follow these steps:

The zip will also contain a README file that will contain some useful information on the installation process.

  1. Go to the Inductive Automation website at

  2. Select Download > Current Release.

  3. On the Ignition Downloads page, scroll down to the ARM section of the zip files.

    There is a separate ARM installer file for Ignition Edge named

  4. Download the appropriate zip file ( using the download link.
    Note: Depending on your computer, you may need to run all the commands as root. Prefix everything with sudo or first run sudo su.
  5. Unzip the Ignition download file into /usr/local/ignition by running the following command:

    unzip <<>> -d /usr/local/ignition

    where <<>> is the path to the Ignition ARM distribution you downloaded.
  6. Change directories to the Ignition install directory.

    cd /usr/local/ignition
  7. Make the files executable by executing the following three chmod commands:

    chmod +x
    chmod +x ignition-gateway
    chmod +x

  8. To start Ignition now, type

    ./ start

  9. You can now open a web browser and go to the Gateway home page at http://localhost:8088.

Stop and Start Ignition

After installation, you can start and stop Ignition with the following commands:

./ start
./ stop

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