Xunlong Orange Pi Zero Plus 2

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Xunlong Orange Pi Zero Plus 2
OPi Zero Plus 2 Top.jpg
Manufacturer OrangePi
Dimensions 46mm x 48mm
Release Date March 2017
Website Orange Pi Zero Plus 2 Product Page
SoC H3 / H5
Power DC 5V via µUSB or pin headers
Video HDMI, CVBS on pin headers
Audio microphone, stereo line-out on pin headers
Network AP6212 Wi-Fi sdio-id:02D0:A9A6
Storage µSD, 8GB eMMC on board
USB 1 USB 2.0 OTG, 2 x USB 2.0 on pin headers
Other CIR on pin headers
Headers 3 pin UART, 26 + 13 pin GPIO

Orange Pi Zero Plus 2 and Orange Pi Zero Plus 2 H5 are development boards produced by Xunlong. Orange Pi Zero Plus 2 is based on H3 SoC while the H5 version uses H5.


The PCB has the following silkscreened on it:

Orange Pi Zero Plus 2 V1.0

Sunxi support

Current status

The H3 SoC support has matured since its introduction in kernel 4.2. Most of the board functionality for boards such as Orange Pi Zero Plus 2 are available with current mainline kernels. Some features (hw accelerated crypto, hw spinlocks, and thermal) are still being worked on. For a more comprehensive list of supported features, see the status matrix for mainline kernels. In addition, legacy 3.4 kernels are available in various work-in-progress git branches.

See the Manual build section for more details.

Manual build

You can build things for yourself by following our Manual build howto and by choosing from the configurations available below.


Mainline U-Boot

Use the orangepi_zero_plus2_defconfig (H5 version supported since v2017.07) / orangepi_zero_plus2_h3_defconfig (H3 version supported since v2020.01) build target. The U-Boot repository and toolchain is described in the Mainline U-Boot howto.

The H3 boards can boot from SD cards, eMMC, NAND or SPI NOR flash (if available), and via FEL using the OTG USB port. In U-Boot, loading the kernel is also supported from USB or ethernet (netboot). HDMI support in U-Boot is still WIP.

Linux Kernel

Sunxi/Legacy Kernel

The 3.4 kernel from the official Allwinner's git repository does not support H3 yet. But it is possible to use one of the kernel forks, based on the lichee H3 SDK tarball:

Configure this kernel using sun8i_h3_defconfig, the rest is explained in the kernel compilation guide.

Use the .fex file for generating script.bin. Partially supported but an Armbian legacy image with nearly full hardware support already exists.

When booting the legacy 3.4 kernel with the mainline U-Boot, add the following line to boot.cmd:

  setenv machid 1029
  setenv bootm_boot_mode sec

Some other legacy kernel repositories:

Mainline kernel

The mainline kernel has good support for the H3 SoC. Please refer to the status matrix for a more detailed list of the development process, links to patches and links to kernel fork repositories. Minor drivers that are currently work-in-progress may require a) third party patches (see also arm-linux mailing list) or b) a pre-patched distro (e.g. Armbian).

Repositories with H3 patches:

Use the sun50i-h5-orangepi-zero-plus2.dtb (H5 version) / sun8i-h3-orangepi-zero-plus2.dtb (H3 version) device-tree binary.

Expansion Port

The Orange Pi Zero Plus 2 has a 26-pin, 0.1" unpopulated connector with several low-speed interfaces. It's marketed as Raspberry Pi-compatible.
Table below is based on Xunlong's board schematic and product page.

2x13 Header
1 3.3V 2 5V
3 TWI0_SDA / PA12 / GPIO12 4 5V
5 TWI0_SCK / PA11 / GPIO11 6 GND
7 PWM1 / PA06 / GPIO6 8 UART2_TX / PA00 / GPIO0
9 GND 10 UART2_RX / PA01 / GPIO1
11 S-TWI-SCK / PL0 / GPIO352 12 PD11 / GPIO107
13 S-TWI-SDA / PL1 / GPIO353 14 GND
15 UART2_CTS / PA03 / GPIO3 16 TWI1-SDA / PA19 / GPIO19
17 3.3V 18 TWI1-SCK / PA18 / GPIO18
19 SPI1_MOSI / PA15 / GPIO15 20 GND
21 SPI1_MISO / PA16 / GPIO16 22 UART2_RTS / PA02 / GPIO2
23 SPI1_CLK / PA14 / GPIO14 24 SPI1_CS / PA13 / GPIO13
25 GND 26 PD14 / GPIO110

The Orange Pi Zero Plus 2 has another 13-pin, 0.1" header with several low-speed interfaces.

TODO: This table was taken from the Orange Pi Zero's wiki page as the Orange Pi Zero Plus 2 details are still . It's probably the same for the Zero Plus 2 (the Xunlong's datasheet and product pages seem to agree). Use at your own risk.

1x13 Header
1 5V
11 MIC1P
12 MIC1N

Tips, Tricks, Caveats

Powering the board

Unlike most other Orange Pi boards, the Orange Pi Zero Plus 2 can be powered through the Micro USB jack (being a normal USB OTG port otherwise) or via one of the Expansion Port pin headers (using 5V/GND pins).

There is no power on/off switch or reboot switch on the board.

FEL Mode

The Orange Pi Zero Plus 2 runs the standard Allwinner BootROM when the SoC starts up. There are no buttons or connectors to select FEL mode so the BootROM will only enter FEL mode if a special SD card is present or if there are no valid boot options. For example if there is no boot option on the SPI NOR chip and no SD card is present then plugging the board's micro-USB port into a USB port on a PC will show up as a FEL device. Using Sunxi tools and issuing:

$ sunxi-fel ver


AWUSBFEX soc=00001680(H3) 00000001 ver=0001 44 08 scratchpad=00007e00 00000000 00000000

Onboard eMMC

An 8GB onboard eMMC is present and supported by the Armbian image.

Benchmark: iozone -e -I -a -s 100M -r 4k -r 16k -r 512k -r 1024k -r 16384k -i 0 -i 1 -i 2

                                                             random    random
             kB  reclen    write  rewrite    read    reread    read     write
         102400       4     5350     5923    12191    12233     9453     5861
         102400      16    17258    19735    28225    27445    24999    18945
         102400     512    36332    34508    59980    60008    59936    33483
         102400    1024    34079    35472    61459    61508    61546    33952
         102400   16384    36899    36954    67638    67631    67605    36413


The board has two LEDs next to DRAM:

  • A green LED, connected to PL10.
  • A red LED, connected to PA17.


vip_dev0_power_en = PA08

USB header

PC case USB port

To make a trivial adapter you can use "pc case usb port" but you will need to rearrange the pins:

1 - 5V - red 2 - GND - black 3 - dm - white 4 - dp - green



Adding a serial port

Locating the UART

Orange Pi Zero Plus 2 UART pinout

The UART pins are located next to unpopulated 26-pin header on the board. They are marked as TX, RX and GND on the PCB with barely visible letters. Just attach some leads according to our UART Howto.



  • Currently two variants of the Orange Pi Zero Plus 2 boards exist - one with H3 and the other with H5 SoC. Otherwise the boards seem identical.

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