So I've been running my Pi 3 with Raspbian Jessie Headless and I've run into some issues with the fact that Raspbian seems to be 32bit and MongoDB requires 64bit.

So I am looking for the best (preferably Debian-based) 64bit OS for my Pi3.

The catch: I do not own any screen that uses HDMI and I can't easily get one.


  • should be easy on resources
  • must install without a display or from another PC
  • must be made ssh-capable without connecting a screen

Bonus points for when I can just reuse an image of my root partition.

Any suggested operating systems or installation tutorials?

  • have you considered something other than a Raspberry Pi? Banana Pi, Orange Pi, for example come with twice the RAM as the Raspberry, and the Banana comes with Octo-core cpu and a SATA port – Jaromanda X Oct 5 '18 at 2:11
  • having said that, what makes you think "mongodb requires 64bit" - have you tried apt install mongodb-server? – Jaromanda X Oct 5 '18 at 2:20
  • I already own the Pi, so ... – Dracam Oct 5 '18 at 9:06
  • As to MongoDB: apt-get installs 2.4, but all driver's support only versions 2.6 and newer, which for some reason require 64 bit – Dracam Oct 5 '18 at 9:07
  • @JaromandaX There are a number of aarch64 distros for the Pi, I believe (e.g., Fedora). – goldilocks Oct 6 '18 at 17:28

This answer is outdated. Raspbian Buster is released as stable version and still only available as 32 bit version.

The next coming version in debian is buster and it is now the testing version. As far as I know it will provide a 64 bit version of Raspbian. You can try to use it. With a quick search I found at Raspbian Buster:

This works very well to install debian buster on RPi 3 B+ using arm64 and kernel 4.18

  • Raspbian Buster has been released now but it's still only a 32 bit OS. As far as I understand the quote (and the article that is linked in that forum), the quote isn't about Raspbian Buster anyway but instead is about Debian Buster for Raspberry Pi 3. – kapex Jul 7 '19 at 21:07

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