This post is intended to help beginners get started using the RPi and to install the Raspian image in new Raspberry Pi model 2 B.
The most up-to-date list of Linux releases compatible with the Pi is available from the Raspberry Pi website at
The Foundation provides BitTorrent links for each distribution. These are small files that can be used with BitTorrent software to download the files from other users. Using these links is an efficient and fast way to distribute large files, and keeps the Foundation’s download servers from becoming overloaded. To use a BitTorrent link, you’ll need to have a compatible client installed. One client for Windows, OS X and Linux is μTorrent, available from http://www.utorrent.com/downloads.
The Raspberry Pi should work with any SD-compatible cards, although there are some guidelines that should be followed:
- SD card size. For image installations we recommend a minimum of 4GB; some distributions can run on much smaller cards, specifically OpenElec and Arch.
- SD card class. The card class determines the sustained write speed for the card; a class 4 card will be able to write at 4MB/s, whereas a class 10 should be able to attain 10 MB/s. However it should be noted that this does not mean a class 10 card will outperform a class 4 card for general usage, because often this write speed is achieved at the cost of read speed and increased seek times.
- Insert the SD card into your SD card reader and check which drive letter was assigned. Use the SD Card slot or a cheap SD adaptor in a USB port.
- Download the Win32DiskImager utility (Burns image OS file into the SD card) from the Sourceforge Project page
- Extract the zip file in to a folder.
- Open the extracted folder; select the exe file ‘Win32DiskImager.exe’. Right-click on the file, and select Run as administrator.
- Select the image file you extracted above.
- Click Write and wait for the write to complete.
- Exit the imager and eject the SD card
Now plug in the USB power cable to your Pi
- .Plug in your keyboard, mouse and monitor cables.
- Your Raspberry Pi will boot, and a window will appear with a list of different operating systems that you can install. We recommend that you use Raspbian – tick the box next to Raspbian and click on Install.
- Raspbian will then run through its installation process. Note this can take a while.
When the install process has completed, the Raspberry Pi configuration menu (raspi-config) will load. Here you are able to set the time and date for your region and enable a Raspberry Pi camera board, or even create users. You can exit this menu by using Tab on your keyboard to move to Finish
select the third option in the list of the setup options window, that is select the “Enable Boot To Desktop/Scratch” option and hit the enter key. It will take you to another window called the “choose boot option” window that looks like the image below.
Logging in and accessing the graphical user interface
The default login for Raspbian is username pi with the password raspberry. writting will not appear when you type the password. This is a security feature in Linux.To get GUI mode type startx.