Get the basics for setting up Raspberry Pi.
March 14 is known as Pi Day because the date represents the first three numbers in the mathematical constant π (3.14). We’re celebrating with our coverage of everything Raspberry Pi related. If you’ve never even thought of what HTML means, you can still create amazing gadgets using Raspberry Pi and a bit of imagination.
The Raspberry Pi is a mini computer that was specifically created to make tech learning easier. It has a lot of components for computer-based projects, like USB ports, an ethernet port, an SD card slot, Wi-Fi antenna ports, and more.
It does not come with peripherals, like cables, a keyboard, a mouse, or a monitor. It is great for learning program languages, like Python, Scratch, and Wolfram. Most Raspberry Pi enthusiasts like making single-process builds to show off their do-it-yourself talents.
For example, you could create a dedicated gaming device or an external storage box for movies and music. There are a plethora of Raspberry Pi projects that cover all manner of possibilities, each one with different specifications. We have a guide for getting started with Raspberry Pi to help you understand what you will need for your first (or next) project.
The Raspberry Pi ships as just the single-board minicomputer. There are a few additional components you will need before you can get started. So, when making your purchase, keep in mind that you’ll need the following extras.
The first step to getting started with Raspberry Pi is to reformat the microSD card that you will use to download the operating system. Even brand new SD cards will have some extraneous files on them. Reformatting it will remove all files and completely clear the card.
When the reformat is complete, you will get a notification window. Select OK to close the window.
The next step is to get NOOBS onto the microSD card. Once it’s loaded, you can plug it into your Raspberry Pi and configure the operating system. The microSD card should already be connected to your computer at this time.
Alternatively, connect the Bluetooth adapter into one of the USB ports.
Alternately, connect the Wi-Fi adapter to the Raspberry Pi.
Beginners should start off using the Raspbian operating system. It is the easiest to use and there are hundreds of projects out there that use the Raspbian operating system. If you want to use a different operating system later on, you can reconfigure your Raspberry Pi then.
Once you have successfully followed the steps above, a start screen will appear on your monitor or TV.
Once the installation process is finished, Raspbian will automatically begin to boot.
When Raspbian begins to load a bunch of lines of code will appear. This will continue until the boot process has completed. Then, the Raspbian Home screen will appear. You will need to configure your Raspberry Pi system in order to add your location, date, and time.
You are set up and ready to start using Raspberry Pi. The mini computing world is your oyster. The only question now is, what project will you build?
Updated March 2018: Added information about Raspberry Pi Zero W.
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