Software First Steps

Preparing the micro SD card

To use your OpenVario glide computer, you need to write the Linux image (operating system with XCSoar) to your micro SD card. It´s an easy process when following this instruction:

>>Write the OpenVario image to your micro SD card<<

Now you can insert the microSD card into your OpenVario glide computer and power it on.

Links to the latest images:
7″ OpenVario XCSoar image for Texim display:


5,7″ OpenVario XCSoar image for Texim display:


Important: If your OpenVario stops booting at the OpenVario start screen, try an other micro SD card with at least 4 GB of storage. In the past we had 4GB micro SD cards from Intenso, which caused this problem. We don´t know of any issues with the micro SD cards, which are currently shipped in our OpenVario kits.  

Software overview

After powering on the device, the display should get bright after a few seconds and the OpenVario boots up. XCSoar starts automatically.

But after a short test of XCSoar you can make some further adjustments in the software. Therefor power the device off and restart it. The OV-Menu can be accessed by pressing the “ESC”-key during boot, while the progress-bar is visible.

For a detailed overview of the OpenVario menu, have a look at the video (click on picture) or follow this link: OV-Menu

What you should setup:

  • Display rotation
  • Language (only English or Germany available)
  • Calibrating pressure sensors

Than you should upload some files with USB stick:

  • Maps
  • Waypoints
  • Airspace

The USB-stick for the OpenVario must be formatted as FAT32. The stick requires a certain directory tree structure to be operational. Have a look at this page: OpenVario USB-Stick