Quick setup guide for raspberry pi

So you are now the proud owner of a raspberry pi. Congrats! This guide is here to help you get it setup and running so you can do some really cool things. Follow the easy steps below and you will be halfway to making some awesome things like a robot, web server, garage door opener, etc.

What you will need

  • raspberry pi
  • monitor
  • usb keyboard / mouse
  • ethernet cable (if using pi without wifi capabilities)
  • hdmi cable
  • micro sd card
  • usb power supply

Step one: Prepare your SD card with the raspbian operating system

  • 1) Download the latest raspbian operating system here: Raspbian OS
  • 2) Unzip the file you just downloaded (right click and choose 'extract all')
  • 3) Insert your SD card into your computer
  • 4) Open an application on your windows computer called Win32 Disk Imager and choose the .img file that you just extracted as well as the SD card from the device dropdown menu. Click the write button.
  • 5) Once the writing is done then remove the SD card from your computer

Step two: Start your pi

  • 1) Insert your SD card into your pi
  • 2) Connect all of your peripherals (keyboard, mouse, monitor via your hdmi cable, ethernet cable if needed)
  • 3) Plug in the power supply and watch the screen load

Step three: Configure your pi

  • 1) Your new pi's default username and password are: pi / raspberry
  • 2) When you first turn on the pi you will see the raspi-config. From this screen you can choose many different options, including changing the default password.
  • 3) I recommend changing your default location / timezone
  • 4) Once you have changed your configuration settings then simply reboot.
  • 5) After you login again (pi/raspberry), to load the desktop type: startx