Chipflasher “board-edition-1” – Get Started

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Dear Customer,

thank you for having purchased the Zerocat Chipflasher “board-edition-1”!

The Zerocat Chipflasher is a Free-Design Hardware Tool which continues to be developed voluntarily. The project consists of electronic hardware designs in conjunction with appropriate software tools, documentation and free licenses.


This device respects users’ freedom and has been certified by the Free Software Foundation in May 2018:

Scope of Delivery

Recommended Options

Recommended Targets for Initial Testing

How to determine the Hardware Version of my Chipflasher?

Your chipflasher board comes with an acrylic front-panel which holds the main power button as well as an informational sticker. Check the version tag, mentioned on that sticker, i.e.:

    Version: board-edition-1

How to get appropriate Software and Documentation?

Please operate your specific piece of hardware with appropriate software only! The following steps will help you to match the proper version.

The sources of the chipflasher project are ready for download with the help of Git, a software which you will need to install as a prerequisite.

On a standard GNU/Linux Operating System --- we suggest Trisquel --- please copy all sources onto your harddisk like so:

    $ git clone git://

Then change into the chipflasher folder and checkout your specific version, i.e.:

    $ cd chipflasher
    $ git checkout board-edition-1

Alternately, you may use the chipflasher’s Source Code Mini-CD which contains, at your option:

Where to start?

Please read the project’s doc/ text file. It should provide all necessary information to get you started. Please take your time, several steps are required.


As the chipflasher project evolves, software and hardware design may change. However, software changes probably still apply to your specific piece of hardware. Please always check compatibility based on chipflasher/doc/ and chipflasher/doc/ at your own responsibility.

Important Websites


You need assistance to get started? Send a mail to, but please accept that we cannot reply instantly. Note a long-term support should be negotiated individually, upon request.


The Zerocat Chipflasher is sold according to Zerocat’s General Business Conditions. Its Free Software is distributed in the hope that it will be useful, but WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY; without even the implied warranty of MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE.

You proceed at your own risk.

EU Declaration of Conformity for the CE Marking

This product Zerocat Chipflasher “board-edition-1” meets the requirements of the relevant Directives or Regulations for the CE marking:

Please use the product according to recommended best practises in regards to Electromagnetic Compatibility as mentioned on the Product Webpage:

All electronic items on the product’s printed circuit board are RoHS compliant and the board itself has been soldered with high-quality lead-free fairtrade solder.

When shipped on paper, this statement is signed by the manufacturer:






    Date, Signature:  


CE Marking

As affixing the CE marking onto the product itself in an indelible manner was not achievable, it is affixed to this document instead:

CE Marking

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