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Raspberry Pi Imager

Setting up your raspberry pi from scratch using Raspberry Pi Imager

This blog describes the steps involved in setting up your raspberry pi from scratch using Raspberry Pi Imager

May 02, 2022    By Team YoungWonks *

 

Raspberry Pi Imager is an Official Raspberry Pi Imaging software which can be downloaded from rasberrypi.org. Raspberry Pi Imager is an application which helps users to install various different operating system into an SD card. 

Working of Raspberry Pi Imager

Raspberry Pi Imager is a software by the Raspberry Pi foundation, which makes the installation of the OS much easier. It’s an amalgamation of the most common imaging tools and software into one package. Raspberry Pi Imager includes Raspbian as well as a few other operating systems. If something isn’t listed, you can use the custom image tool to add your own images.

Installation of raspberry Pi Imager

1    Raspberry Pi Imager is free to install from the official Raspberry Pi website download pages. It's available for MacOS, Windows, Linux and Ubuntu systems. Visit Raspberry Pi Software section (https://www.raspberrypi.com/software/)

  • Download the latest version of Raspberry Pi Imager installer for your Operating System.
  • Run the installer and follow the prompts to complete the setup.

raspberry pi imager os options

Raspberry Pi Imager can be used to write images to SD cards for the Raspberry Pi. Raspberry Pi Imager comes with a few operating systems pre listed to choose from, so that you don't need to download anything separately.

Steps to Follow to install pre-defined Images

  1.  Launch Raspberry Pi Imager.
  2.          Click Choose OS.
  3.         The feature somewhat replaces NOOBS, providing a couple of basic operating systems like
  4.          Raspberry Pi OS.
  5.          Select an OS from the list.
  6.          Click Choose SD card.
  7.          Select from the list the SD card you want to write to.
  8.          Click Write to begin the image writing process.

Steps to install Images.

We must download the image file from a third-party source before installing custom Raspberry Pi image files (like .zip, .img, .tar, .gz, etc) .

  1.         Launch Raspberry Pi Imager.
  2.         Click Choose OS.
  3.          Select Use custom to write an unlisted image.
  4.          Click Choose SD card.
  5.          Select from the list the SD card you want to write to.
  6.          Click Write to begin the image writing process.

Raspberry Pi Headless Setup

Requirements for the setup

  1.           Find the IP address of the raspberry Pi using the terminal or the command prompt (ipconfig for Windows and sudo if config for MacOS in the command line)
  2.          Select the operating system image/ open source linux distribution images from the vast array of images provided in the raspberry Pi imager
  3.       .  Download SSH client (putty) to access the Raspberry Pi from the main PC via wifi network
  4.          Micro sd card reader to read the SD card.

Steps for the Setup

Raspberry Pi Imager Now Comes with Advanced Options

 

A year ago, an official Raspberry Pi Imager tool was released, this tool offers a simple means to write an Operating system image to a MicroSD card and it came with a great choice of Operating system images. Advanced menu which is hidden away can be activated by pressing CTRL + SHIFT + X and we then gain access to advanced options that enable advanced users to customize the OS to meet their needs before they write the software to a micro SD card.

 

·         Get into the advanced option of the imager using, Ctrl+shift+x. Here We can disable overscan which is needed for headless setup.

  1.         Here enable SSH and set up a custom Hostname
  2.         SSH enables us to access the raspberry Pi remotely form another computer, with a monitor.
  3.          Configure your wifi, by entering the SSID and password of your wifi network and the country. We can also set up our time zone here.
  4.          Press SAVE and click on write
  5.          Once the writing is complete plug the SD card into the Raspberry Pi

How to find the Pi IP address

  1.          Install Angry IP address scanner to find the IP address of the Pi.

 

·         Press start to scan the IP address, find hostname which signal words like raspberry Pi or the OS name.

·         Open Putty and enter the raspberry Pi address. Make sure that SSH is selected and click open.

 

·         Once Open is clicked, the raspberry Pi terminal will open and you can login using the username and password authentication.

 

Additional Feature

In addition to operating systems, there are a few tools available in Raspberry Pi Imager under the Choose OS option. These tools include: EEPROM Recovery - This is only for the Raspberry Pi 4 Erase tool - This is used to format SD cards to Fat32.Additional tools In addition to operating systems, there are a few tools available in Raspberry Pi Imager under the Choose OS option. These tools include: EEPROM Recovery - This is only for the Raspberry Pi 4 Erase tool - This is used to format SD cards to Fat32.

*Contributors: Written by Preran Acharya

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