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ChromeOS uses and actively contributes to Development happens in the chromiumos copy of the coreboot repo, and the resulting patch must be pushed to upstream coreboot. While this can be done in one local git checkout, many developers find it easier to use two coreboot git checkouts:

  1. regular chromiumos checkout
  2. checkout

This document describes how to set up a second upstream checkout and how to synchronize patches between the two checkouts.

Setting up a second coreboot checkout

The most familiar local coreboot checkout is the one from chromiumos. It lives under src/third_party/coreboot in the chromiumos workspace. If you followed the ChromeOS Developer guide, it lives at the full path of ~/chromiumos/src/third_party/coreboot. The following steps will add an additional upstream checkout at a secondary location on your machine: ~/devel/coreboot.

  1. Create an account on Sign in with Google and fill in a username in the settings.

  2. Generate an SSH key and copy the public key into the Gerrit settings form:

    ssh-keygen -t rsa
    cat ~/.ssh/
  3. Add the following entry to your .ssh/config for SSH access to Gerrit:

        Port 29418
        User <username you configured on Gerrit>
  4. Check out upstream Coreboot from

    $ mkdir -p ~/devel
    $ cd ~/devel
    $ git clone ssh://

    Now the local checkout is tracking origin/main on the local main branch.

  5. Assuming there is a chromiumos coreboot checkout at ~/chromiumos/src/third_party/coreboot, you can link the two repositories using git remotes that are local to the system.

    $ cd ~/devel/coreboot
    $ git remote add cros-coreboot ~/chromiumos/src/third_party/coreboot
    $ git fetch cros-coreboot
    $ cd ~/chromiumos/src/third_party/coreboot
    $ git remote add upstream_local ~/devel/coreboot
    $ git fetch upstream_local

    The two repositories now have remotes that track one another. This serves as the basis for cherry-picking patches back and forth or rebasing commits from one repository to the other.

Developing with two coreboot checkouts

Developers should initially work in the chromiumos tree since ChromeOS can build images to test by flashing and booting on a machine. When a commit is ready in the chromiumos tree, it's time to push to Suppose that the developer committed changes in the chromiumos Coreboot repository after running repo start feature1. A fetch will bring these changes into ~/devel/coreboot in the cros-coreboot/feature1 branch:

$ cd ~/devel/coreboot
$ git fetch cros-coreboot
remote: Counting objects: 4204, done.
remote: Compressing objects: 100% (1229/1229), done.
remote: Total 2495 (delta 2069), reused 1576 (delta 1245)
Receiving objects: 100% (2495/2495), 456.72 KiB | 0 bytes/s, done.
Resolving deltas: 100% (2069/2069), completed with 519 local objects.
From ${HOME}/chromiumos/src/third_party/coreboot
 * [new branch]      feature1   -> cros-coreboot/feature1

Now, the developer can cherry-pick or rebase the chromiumos patches into a branch that is tracking coreboot upstream.

# To cherry-pick 1 commit
$ git cherry-pick cros-coreboot/feature1
# To cherry-pick a branch with N commits
$ git cherry-pick cros-coreboot/feature1~N..cros-coreboot/feature1

The commit message should follow the ChromiumOS Contributing Guide, including a Signed-Off-By line which can be easily added using git commit -s. The prefix for the title should be an abbreviated path to the edited file. Use git log to check for an example.

The developer can then push the patch to

$ git push origin HEAD:refs/for/main