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Install Raspberry Pi OS using Raspberry Pi Imager tool

Step 1: Download Raspberry Pi Imager and OS

Visit the official Raspberry Pi website ( and download the Raspberry Pi Imager tool suitable for your operating system (Windows, macOS, or Linux) and install it to on your computer.

Also download the Raspberry Pi OS with desktop version.

Step 2: Insert SD Card

Insert a microSD card into your computer’s SD card reader. Make sure the microSD card is at least 8GB in size.

Step 3: Open Raspberry Pi Imager

Launch the Raspberry Pi Imager tool that you downloaded in Step 1.

Step 4: Choose Raspberry PI device and OS

In the Raspberry Pi Imager window, click on “Chose Device” and select your Raspberry Pi device.

Step 5: Select Raspberry Pi OS Version

Click on “Choose OS” and select “Use custom” and choose the Raspberry Pi OS file we downloaded in Step 1.

Step 6: Select Storage

Click on “Choose storage” and select the microSD card you inserted in Step 2. Click Next

Step 7: Customize OS installation:

On the General tab, set your Pi’s hostname, password, and Wi-Fi details for connecting to your network.’ On the Services tab, check the box to enable SSH, click Save and click Yes.

Step 7: Write SD Card

If you get a warning about data erasure, just click Yes. It will then start writing the Raspberry Pi OS image to the microSD card. This process may take several minutes depending on your computer’s speed and the microSD card’s capacity.

Step 8: Wait for Write to Complete

Wait for the writing process to complete. You’ll see a progress bar indicating the status of the write operation.

Step 9: Remove SD Card

Once the writing process is complete, safely eject the microSD card from your computer.

Step 10: Insert SD Card into Raspberry Pi

Insert the microSD card into the microSD card slot on your Raspberry Pi.

Step 11: Power On Raspberry Pi

Power up your Raspberry Pi by connecting it to a power source with a micro USB cable. You can access the Raspberry Pi desktop with a monitor and keyboard or via SSH. In this tutorial, we’ll use SSH

Step 12: Set Up Raspberry Pi

To connect to Raspberry Pi via ssh, open a terminal window and run the following command:

ssh [email protected]


ssh pi@[raspberrypi-ip-address]

Step 13: Update Raspberry Pi OS

In the terminal window, run the following commands:

sudo apt update
sudo apt upgrade -y

That’s it! You have successfully installed Raspberry Pi OS using the Raspberry Pi Imager tool. You can now start exploring and using your Raspberry Pi for various projects and tasks.

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