Developing a Cubieboard App with Visual Studio

This tutorial demonstrates how to build and debug a simple Cubieboard application using Visual Studio. Cubieboard devices are shipped with an Android image in the internal FLASH memory. Alternatively, you can download a Linux image from and program either the internal memory or an SD card.

For steps on creating a basic Android app, follow the Android tutorial
Here we will show how to make a basic app for the Linux image.
We will use the Cubieboard2 in this tutorial, however the steps
below are valid for all boards of the same family given that a
correct SD card image is used.

  1. Download a Cubieboard Linux image for SD cards (don’t confuse it with images for the internal memory), download WinFLASHTool and use it to write the image to the SD card:01-flashtool
  2. Insert the SD card into the board, connect the network cable and the power cable:02-cubie
  3. Start Visual Studio. Create a new Linux project with VisualGDB Project Wizard:03-newprj
  4. Proceed with the default settings on the first page of the wizard:04-app
  5. On the second page select “Create a new SSH connection”, then enter the host name, user name and the password for your Cubieboard. The default settings are listed below:
    Host name cubieboard2
    User name linaro
    Password linaro


  6. The simplest way to proceed would be to build the code directly on Cubieboard. This is slower than using a cross-toolchain, but requires fewer setup. Proceed with the default toolchain:06-toolchain
  7. When you press “Next”, VisualGDB will detect that the image is missing the gdb debugger and will install it automatically:07-getgdbIf you encounter 404 errors during the package downloading, ensure that your /etc/apt/sources.list contains the following lines:
    deb quantal main universe
    deb-src quantal main universe
  8. By default VisualGDB will keep the source files on your Windows machine and will transfer them to Cubieboard for building. Keep this setting for now:08-copycode
  9. Once you press Finish, your project will be generated. Press Ctrl-Shift-B to build it:09-build
  10. Press F10 to step into your program. You can now use the normal Visual Studio debugging techniques to debug your program. 10-debug

Once you get direct building/debugging to work, you can switch to using a cross-compiler for better performance.