The Pi Zero W is a very minimal computer, so it requires a little work to get it up and running.

We have a guide on how to set up your Pi Zero W 'headless' which is how we recommend you get started. Check out the guide for how to do that!

Here's the quick-start for people with some experience:

  1. Download the Raspberry Pi Imager to your computer
  2. Install the 64-bit Lite Raspberry Pi to your micro SD card using the imager. you may need to go to Raspberry Pi OS (other) to find it.
  3. When it asks you about settings, be sure you have your network settings entered and SSH enabled under Services.
  4. Re-plug the SD card into your computer (don't use your Pi yet!) and set up your wifi connection by editing supplicant.conf
  5. Plug the SD card into the Pi Zero W
  6. If you have an HDMI monitor we recommend connecting it up via the mini HDMI adapter we provide in the budget pack - so you can see that it's booting OK
  7. Plug in power to the Pi Zero W - you will see the green LED flicker a little. The Pi Zero will reboot while it sets up so wait a good 10 minutes
  8. If you are running Windows on your computer, install Bonjour support so you can use .local names, you'll need to reboot Windows after installation
  9. You can then ssh into raspberrypi.local or whichever hostname you entered under settings.

This guide was first published on Aug 15, 2017. It was last updated on Apr 11, 2024.

This page (Prepare the Pi) was last updated on Apr 09, 2024.

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