AIRA Installation on VirtualBox

AIRA is a client for Robonomics Network by Airalab. Basically it's a NixOS based operating system. It's possible to install AIRA on a x86_64 PC. Also there are images for Raspberry Pi 3 and 4 supported by the team.

To get familiar with the OS it's better to start from installing it as a virtual machine in VirtualBox.


Obtain the image

There are channels stable and unstable

To get stable image download the file with .ova extension. For example, the link for stable image is


Don't forget to check checksum of an image.

The last column on the download page is SHA-256 hash. It must be equal to the output of

sha256sum nixos-20.03pre-git-x86_64-linux.ova

There is a walkthrough video you may wish to check out


If you have a fresh installed VirtualBox you need to install the extension pack or disable USB 2.0 controller.

Also VirtualBox may show a warning about Display settings. Consider switching Graphics Controller in settings of the VM to VMSVGA.

Import to VirtualBox

Open VirtualBox and press Ctrl+I or go to File > Import Applicance...

Import image

At this moment the next step is not necessary but it will help you to connect to the VM via SSH easily.

First add Host-Only adapter in VirtualBox menu File > Host Network Manager... or by pressing Ctrl+H

Host Only

Then go to the image's settings, Network and add the second network adapter

Second adapter

Optionally you can increase the amount of video memory and switch Graphics Controller to VMSVGA.

Launch the machine

Finally press Start and you'll see AIRA welcoming you with generated Ethereum address and IPFS identifier


At the very first initialization AIRA generates new Ethereum address and IPNS identifier for you.