AWS IoT Greengrass
Developer Guide

Setting Up Other Devices

If you're new to AWS IoT Greengrass, we recommend that you use a Raspberry Pi or an Amazon EC2 instance as your core device, and follow the setup steps appropriate for your device. To use a different device or platform, follow the steps in this section. For information about supported device platforms, see Greengrass Core Platform Compatibility.

  1. If your core device is an NVIDIA Jetson TX2, you must first flash the firmware with the JetPack 3.3 installer. If you're configuring a different device, skip to step 2.


    The JetPack installer version that you use is based on your target CUDA Toolkit version. The following instructions use JetPack 3.3 and CUDA Toolkit 9.0 because the TensorFlow v1.10.1 and MXNet v1.2.1 binaries (that AWS IoT Greengrass provides for machine learning inference on a Jetson TX2) are compiled against this version of CUDA. For more information, see Perform Machine Learning Inference.

    1. On a physical desktop that is running Ubuntu 16.04 or later, flash the firmware with the JetPack 3.3 installer, as described in Download and Install JetPack (3.3) in the NVIDIA documentation.

      Follow the instructions in the installer to install all the packages and dependencies on the Jetson board, which must be connected to the desktop with a Micro-B cable.

    2. Reboot your board in normal mode, and connect a display to the board.


      When you use SSH to connect to the Jetson board, use the default user name (nvidia) and the default password (nvidia).

  2. Run the following commands to create user ggc_user and group ggc_group. The commands you run differ, depending on the distribution installed on your core device.

    • If your core device is running OpenWrt, run the following commands:

      opkg install shadow-useradd opkg install shadow-groupadd useradd --system ggc_user groupadd --system ggc_group
    • Otherwise, run the following commands:

      sudo adduser --system ggc_user sudo addgroup --system ggc_group


      If the addgroup command isn't available on your system, use the following command.

      sudo groupadd --system ggc_group
  3. To make sure that you have all required dependencies, download and run the Greengrass dependency checker from the AWS IoT Greengrass Samples repository on GitHub. These commands unzip and run the dependency checker script.

    mkdir greengrass-dependency-checker-GGCv1.9.x cd greengrass-dependency-checker-GGCv1.9.x wget unzip cd greengrass-dependency-checker-GGCv1.9.x sudo ./check_ggc_dependencies | more


    The check_ggc_dependencies script runs on AWS IoT Greengrass supported platforms and requires the following Linux system commands: printf, uname, cat, ls, head, find, zcat, awk, sed, sysctl, wc, cut, sort, expr, grep, test, dirname, readlink, xargs, strings, uniq.

    For more information, see the dependency checker's Readme.

  4. Install all required dependencies on your device, as indicated by the dependency checker output. For missing kernel-level dependencies, you might have to recompile your kernel. For mounting Linux control groups (cgroups), you can run the cgroupfs-mount script. This allows AWS IoT Greengrass to set the memory limit for Lambda functions. Cgroups are also required to run AWS IoT Greengrass in the default containerization mode.

    If no errors appear in the output, AWS IoT Greengrass should be able to run successfully on your device.


    This tutorial requires Python 2.7. The check_ggc_dependencies script might produce warnings about the missing optional Node.js and Java prerequisites. You can ignore these warnings.

    For the list of AWS IoT Greengrass requirements and dependencies, see Supported Platforms and Requirements.