Building the OVMF firmware on Ubuntu 16.04

September 8, 2017 -
Tags: linux, trivia, ubuntu, vfio, virtualization

In my VGA Passthrough guide, I explain how to configure an Ubuntu machine for VFIO.

With the release of QEMU 2.10, some bugs in the OVMF firmware surfaced, which make Windows guests unstable; such bugs have been fixed in the master branch of the EDK II Project repository, so, in order to use QEMU 2.10, it’s required to build the firmware from scratch.


Prepare the machine:

sudo apt-get install build-essential uuid-dev iasl git gcc-5 nasm

Clone the repository and change path:

git clone
cd edk2

Compile and build the tools:

make -C BaseTools
export EDK_TOOLS_PATH=$(pwd)/BaseTools
. BaseTools

Configure the build, in this case for an X64 target:

export COMPILATION_MAX_THREADS=$((1 + $(lscpu --all -p=CPU | grep -v ^# | sort | uniq | wc -l)))

perl -i -pe 's/^(ACTIVE_PLATFORM).*              /$1 = OvmfPkg\/OvmfPkgX64.dsc/x'  Conf/target.txt
perl -i -pe 's/^(TOOL_CHAIN_TAG).*               /$1 = GCC5/x'                     Conf/target.txt
perl -i -pe 's/^(TARGET_ARCH).*                  /$1 = X64/x'                      Conf/target.txt
perl -i -pe "s/^(MAX_CONCURRENT_THREAD_NUMBER).*/\$1 = $COMPILATION_MAX_THREADS/x" Conf/target.txt




$ ls -1 Build/OvmfX64/DEBUG_GCC5/FV/OVMF_*.fd