Get Started with OTBR

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Run OTBR with a physical or simulated RCP using the following platforms.


The quickest way to get started with OTBR is to try the Docker version. Run OTBR in a Docker container on any Linux-based system or a Raspberry Pi 3B or newer, using either a physical or simulated RCP.

See the Docker Support Overview for more information.


To set up an OTBR without Docker, try one of our Border Router codelabs. Run OTBR on a Raspberry Pi 3B or 4, using physical RCPs.

Border Router Codelab

Border Router Thread 1.2 Multicast Codelab


OTBR also runs directly on a supported platform:

  1. Choose a platform:
  2. Build and configure OTBR
  3. Learn about tools and scripts included with OTBR

Get the code

To go straight to the source code, see the OpenThread Border Router GitHub repository.

You can contribute to the ongoing development of OpenThread Border Router by submitting bug reports and feature requests to the Issue Tracker.

Community projects


A member of the OT community has enabled OTBR support using QEMU, an open-source machine emulator and virtualizer. The project emulates Raspbian on an ARM architecture.