Install Raspberry Pi OS Lite on Raspberry Pi 4

This tutorial will show you how to install Raspberry Pi operating system Lite for Raspberry Pi version 4. And now a days, installing the operating system of Raspberry Pi is really easy.

Install Raspberry Pi OS Lite

We need to download the Raspberry pi Imager on their website: Click here

After the download, please install Raspberry Pi Imager and run the program.

raspberry pi imager program

Click Choose OS.

raspberry pi imager operating system

From here you can choose the Raspberry OS and the program will download it online. Raspberry PI OS Lite can be seen on the second selection: Raspberry PI OS (Other)

But letting it to download online is very slow. If you have torrent application, I suggest to download the OS image in torrent.

Go back in their website and on Software, click Raspberry PI OS. You will see list of Operating system.

raspberry pi os torrent

You can download it directly, but it is very slow.

Get the torrent link and paste it to your torrent application to download. In my system, i download it less than 4 minutes.

Now that you we have the OS lite image file, it’s time to write using Raspberry pi Imager.

On Raspberry pi Imager, after you click Choose OS, scroll down to the bottom and select Use custom.

raspberry pi imager custom image

Locate the Raspbery pi OS Lite image file you had downloaded.

Insert MicroSD card in your computer and click Choose Storage and select the MicroSD card drive.

raspberry pi imager micro sdcard

Finally, click Write. This will erased all the files in your MicroSD card and write the operating system.

Once writing is finished, remove and insert the sdcard in Raspberry pi. Plug your keyboard, hdmi cable, ethernet cable if you have and lastly plug the power to turn on the Raspberry pi.

Default Raspberry Pi Username and Password

You will be prompted to login.

raspberry pi 4 login

This is the default user name and password of Raspberry pi

  • Username: pi
  • Password: raspberry

Login using this credentials.

Using Raspberry Pi Configuration Tool

Once you are logged, we can now configure the raspberry pi using the configuration tool. Type:

sudo raspi-config
raspberry pi tool system options

Select 1 System Options >> S1 Wireless LAN >> Select your country.

Please enter SSID (your wifi name) and wifi password.

Reset Raspberry Pi Password

Select 1 System Options >> S3 Password.

raspberry pi tool change password

Enter the new password twice.

Set Raspberry Pi Hostname

Select 1 System Options >> S4 Hostname.

Enter your desired hostname

Enable SSH Server

Select 3 Interface Options >> P2 SSH, press enter and select yes to enable SSH.

raspberry pi tool hostname

Expand File System

Select 6 Advance Options >> A1 Expand Filesystems and hit enter to apply.

raspberry pi tool expand filesystem

Click Finish to reboot Raspberry pi.

Access Raspberry Pi Remotely

To access Raspberry Pi command line remotely, we need to know the IP address of the device. Type this command:

ifconfig
raspberry pi configure ip address
IP addresses:

Ethernet: 192.168.1.114
Wifi    : 192.168.1.109

You can access the Raspberry Pi using this dynamic IP address. But because dynamic IP address change sometime, it’s better to set static ip address.

Raspberry Pi Static IP

To assign static ip address, we need to configure dhcpcd.conf

sudo nano /etc/dhcpcd.conf

Go down to the bottom and you will see “Example static IP configuration“. Below is may configuration that fits to my network. Your’s maybe different, please configure it according to your preferences.

#Static IP configuration for Ethernet
interface eth0
static ip_address=192.168.1.10/24
static routers=192.168.1.1
static domain_name_servers=192.168.1.1 8.8.8.8

#Static IP configuration for Wifi
interface wlan0
static ip_address=192.168.1.11/24
static routers=192.168.1.1
static domain_name_servers=192.168.1.1 8.8.8.8

Save, exit and reboot

sudo reboot

Access the command line using Putty

Download first the Putty program. Click here to download

Using Putty, you can access your Raspberry Pi console to now using a computer that is connected on the same network to access your Raspberry Pi console.

Run the program, type the static IP address of the Raspberry Pi and click Open.

access using putty raspberry pi

Finally, once you are connected, you have to update the Raspberry Pi

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get upgrade

That’s it, you just installed a fresh Raspberry Pi OS lite.