Is this all I need for hardware/software for a hifiberry endpoint?

If you want a plug and play option, use the link below for the Hifiberry Roon ready .img. Just write it to a sd card, plug it into the Rpi, turn it on and Roon discovers Hifiberry Digi+ on the network. No other installations needed. The .img is also auto updating when a new version gets available.

The blog post is old, but the link takes you to the latest .img version.

Is there any reason not to go with Ropieee XL?

I can’t think of one, unless you exclusively run only roon.

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Do we need some sort of on-off switch?

No. You can generally just remove power, as it runs in ram, if you need to. There is an option to power down in the GUI, if you feel strongly about such things.

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I try to do a proper power down…you can save the powwerdown web page as a link and just whack that to shut it down, but I have more than 10 of these around the house and haven’t lost one yet to an instant plug pull or power outage.

In case you haven’t found it RoPieee Beginner's Guide Nathan’s doc is a great place to start with Ropieee


I built a web page to display stats about my Pis, and I included links to reboot or restart the extension (back when there were Roon issues with grouped zones). And, I have a bash script to reboot everything when I am away so I can take advantage of Harry’s updates.

But, like you, I haven’t broken anything just pulling the cable, so to speak.

XL is not Roon only!

Right. I might install XL so I can airplay Apple Music if I ever want to, although I don’t know why I would.

Henry you are out of context…I’ve been using ropieee since day one and run XL on all my 10+ pi’s I know full well what XL does and if you check it was an appropriate comment based on James question.

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Sorry, it can be read both ways but context is with you. Aplologies.

Chuffed to say that I built it yesterday. Easy to construct and add software. Worked perfectly.


All good…XL is a great option if you need a bit more than just Roon Bridge. There are many ways to get other things like DLNA/Airplay and Spotify and even just Roon Bridge on both OS builds, but RopieeeXL and plain Ropieee are the easiest respectively. Unless you have some unique requirements.

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I use five different hifiberry systems for outdoor audio … you need a case and I use an amazon ups for each device … then use the hifiberry image and it’s very easy ( sd card formatter and balena etcher)

Did you ever get a good answer on RoPieee vs HifiBerryOS? I have a Digi+ Pro arriving in a couple of days and I think I need to pick one or the other.

Happily using Ropieee.

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Me too. Works great.

HiFiBerry arrived yesterday, went with RoPieee — sounds great.

Bought that one, but it’s for Rpi3 and I have Rpi4. Board layouts are completely different. No Rpi4 cases from what I can find on Amazon, so I returned it and ordered direct from HiFiBerry in Switzerland.

For those people in North America, you can also find Pi 4 cases that will work with some HATs at

No affiliation, but I have bought most of my Pi related gear from them.