Get Your Jetson Nano Working


Step 1: Flash Operating System

Visit the official Nvidia Jetson Nano Getting Started Guide. Work through the Prepare for Setup, Writing Image to the microSD Card, and Setup and First Boot instructions, then return here.

Step 2: Install Dependencies

ssh into your vehicle. Use the the terminal for Ubuntu or Mac. Putty for windows.

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get upgrade
sudo apt-get install build-essential python3 python3-dev python3-pip python3-pandas python3-opencv python3-h5py libhdf5-serial-dev hdf5-tools nano ntp

Optionally, you can install RPi.GPIO clone for Jetson Nano from here. This is not required for default setup, but can be useful if using LED or other GPIO driven devices.

Step 3: Setup Virtual Env

pip3 install virtualenv
python3 -m virtualenv -p python3 env --system-site-packages
echo "source env/bin/activate" >> ~/.bashrc
source ~/.bashrc

Step 4: Install Donkeycar Python Code

  • Change to a dir you would like to use as the head of your projects.
mkdir -p ~/projects; cd ~/projects
  • Get the latest donkeycar from Github.
git clone
cd donkeycar
git checkout master
pip install -e .[nano]
pip install --extra-index-url tensorflow-gpu==1.13.1+nv19.3

Note: This last command can take some time to compile grpcio.

Step 5: Install PyGame (Optional)

If you plan to use a USB camera, you will also want to setup pygame:

sudo apt-get install python-dev libsdl1.2-dev libsdl-image1.2-dev libsdl-mixer1.2-dev libsdl-ttf2.0-dev libsdl1.2-dev libsmpeg-dev python-numpy subversion libportmidi-dev ffmpeg libswscale-dev libavformat-dev libavcodec-dev libfreetype6-dev

pip install pygame

Later on you can add the CAMERA_TYPE="WEBCAM" in

Next, create your Donkeycar application.