Install Raspbian on Raspberry Pi


  • Raspberry Pi (Any model will do)
  • PC or Laptop with SD/Micro SD card slot – (Note that some Pi Models have a regular SD Card slot while others are micro)
  • SD Card Adapter (Not Required – If you are using a micro sd card in an SD Card slot, otherwise not required)
  • Monitor/TV (View the display on the Raspberry Pi)
  • Keyboard
  • Mouse (Not Required)

Before you get started

Note that some models of the Raspberry Pi do not have built-in wifi or bluetooth. Make sure that your Raspberry Pi has these or not. If you are using an earlier model of the Raspberry Pi, you might not be able to use a Bluetooth Keyboard/Mouse because the bluetooth is not built-in. We recommended using a wired keyboard/mouse while using your Raspberry Pi installed with Raspbian. Also you must have a monitor or tv to use the Raspberry Pi. Another note is that your SD/Micro SD must be at least 4GB because of the size of Raspbian OS which is not that big.

This tutorial will show you guys how to install Raspbian on your Raspberry Pi. You can install Raspbian on almost any model of the Raspberry Pi. The first thing you want to do is go to the Raspberry Pi Website. This link will bring you to their download page. When you are on the downloads page, click on Raspbian. Then you can choose what verison of Raspbian you want to download. If you just want the terminal, you can donwload the zip underneath Raspbian Stretch Lite. I recommend installing Raspbian with desktop or with recommended software. But they are pretty much the same thing expect there is pre-installed software that comes with it. Next you can choose where to install Raspbian inside of your computer’s hard drive. After downloading you may have to extract the download. Once that done you will have to burn the image. I recommend using Etcher to burn the image, but you can use almost any image burner. After you have burned the image, copy the image onto the SD/Micro SD card that you are using for your Raspberry Pi. Finally the last step is to insert the SD into your Pi’s SD card slot. Next boot up your Raspberry Pi and setup your Pi to a Monitor/TV. You will now see your Pi start to boot up. I recommend inserting a keyboard and mouse adapter(s) into the Pi’s usb ports in order to use your Raspberry Pi.

Congrats! You have install Raspbian on your Raspberry Pi. Note that Raspbian is not the only OS that you can run on the Raspberry Pi. You can find others that you can install on the Pi from the

If you plan on doing so you have to format the card and do the same steps with the OS you plan on installing

Updating the Pi

Now to update and upgrade the Raspberry Pi, run the following commands and open up the terminal

  1. Open Terminal (Ctrl + Alt + T)
  2. Type the following commands

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get upgrade

Now to change your keyboard layout and other options type the following into the terminal

sudo raspi-config

Hope you found this tutorial helpful 🙂



Anthony Jr

I work with Raspberry Pi and Arduino