GitHub is a hosting service for Git projects, and the largest online development platform in the world. The Legato Application Framework uses GitHub to provide a way for users to clone both the open source code and proprietary apps/libraries that are needed to build and configure the Legato Application Framework and a Linux Distribution on your target.

Legato provides its code on GitHub, both in public repositories (open source components only) and in private repositories (proprietary content). Downloading the public code from GitHub will exclude the following Sierra Wireless Proprietary apps that are needed for communication with AirVantage:

  • atQmiLinker
  • atAirVantage
  • qmiAirVantage

The Yocto source code (to rebuild the Linux Distro) is also partially public. Many of the 3rd party proprietary binaries (that are not open source) that are used to communicate with the modem hardware are released privately.

Access to the private repositories is possible for anyone registered on GitHub by accepting a license on .

In the future you will also be able to upstream changes and patches to the Legato team for inclusion in our builds.

First Time Set up

Before being able to download and use the source code for both Legato and Linux users register to GitHub and set up SSH keys to their dev machine. Once the SSH keys are set up then you are able to pull the source code and get all the tracked changes.

The following steps only need to be done the first time you are connecting your development machine to GitHub.

If you do not have a GitHub account, you will need to create one for free at .

Once you have an account, you will need to register an SSH key available on your development machine.

If you have not created RSA keys for your linux development machine, follow these steps:

  • From the Terminal or Git Bash, run ssh-keygen
  • Confirm the default path .ssh/id_rsa
  • Enter a passphrase (recommended) or leave it blank. Remember this passphrase, as you will need it to unlock the key whenever you use it.
  • Open ~/.ssh/ and register the SSH key in

If you already have a ~/.ssh/ created, go to and register a new key by clicking on New SSH key, then copy & paste the content of the file in Key. Finally, name that key in Title, and click Add SSH key.

Note is your public key and can be shared, while the key contained in id_rsa is your private key and should be kept secret. It should be treated with the same amount of care as a password.

Your account is now set up for SSH authentication to GitHub.

To make it possible for your account to access private repositories, go to . Follow the instructions, and if you choose to accept the license, your GitHub user will be placed in the legatoproject organisation.

You can check that access was granted successfuly by accessing .

If you face any issue with that process, please document it my creating a new topic on the Legato forum.

Repo and Git

Now that you have an account set up, you will be able to use the repo tool to clone the repositories needed to obtain the source code for both the Legato Application Framework and the Linux Distribution.

Repo unifies Git repositories and makes it possible to work with multiple git repositories. The repo command augments Git to give a more unified workflow and keep multiple repositories in sync.

For more details on Git, see the Git documentation.

For more details on Repo, see the Repo command reference.

Install Git and Repo:

$ sudo apt-get install git

$ sudo apt-get install repo


For each new release, a new manifest is published on GitHub, the manifest specifies all the different repositories and revisions needed to build either the Legato source code and/or the Linux Distribution.

Manifests can be found by cloning the manifest repo or by browsing the manifest repo.

git clone

To clone the latest release of the Legato source code:

repo init -u ssh://; repo sync

To clone a specific release of Legato or the Linux distribution use repo with the -m flag and specify the path to the manifest that you wish to clone:

repo init -u ssh:// -m path/to/the/manifest/manifest-name.xml -g default,-cache; repo sync

To clone the source code (both Linux and Legato) for a specific release use the -m flag and specify the path to the manifest.

repo init -u ssh:// -m products/<target>/releases/<ReleaseXX>.xml -g default,-cache; repo sync

For example to get Release 13 for the wp76xx target:

repo init -u ssh:// -m products/wp76xx/releases/Release13.xml -g default,-cache; repo sync
If you are downloading the product release, you are only able to upgrade Legato to the Legato version that is released with the Sierra Wireless product version. e.g., You can clone the Legato version published with Release 13. Any interim Legato versions will need to be cloned into their own repository.