Set up your Raspberry Pi

Overview

There are many ways to set up your Raspberry Pi, and while it is outside the scope of this document to show you how, we will give you a brief overview of the process.

If you already have a Raspberry Pi running Raspbian connected to the internet, you may skip ahead to this page.

The outline to getting setup is as follows:

  1. Download a recent version of Raspbian.

  2. Write the Raspbian operating system image to an SD card. We recommend using Etcher if you are using Mac, or Win32DiskImager for Windows.

  3. Configure SSH on your Pi.

Install Raspbian

For more details we recommend following this guide first. It should get you 90% the way towards having a working Raspberry Pi using a "headless" install. A headless install allows you to setup a Raspberry Pi without needing a monitor, keyboard or mouse.

In essence, you should download a Raspbian image and flash it to an SD card. Once you do that, you need to enable SSH.

Enable SSH on Your Raspberry Pi

To enable SSH on your Pi, you need to create a blank file at the root of the operating system called ssh. This will tell Raspbian that you'd like to enable SSH and when you first boot up the operating system, it will be enabled for you.

On a Mac, plugin your SD card and run:

touch /Volumes/boot/ssh

For other operating systems, just open up the SD card and create a blank file at the root of the card named ssh and then eject the SD card.

Now you are ready to turn on your Pi!