Raspberry Pi Setup

We'll need to set up the Pi with an operating system (OS), WiFi, and secure login (SSH) support before we install Pi Hole.

We have a guide on how to set up your Pi Zero W 'headless' which is how we recommend you get started. The Pi 3 (and up) and the Pi Zero W both have built in WiFi, so our guide can be used for both platforms:

Make sure you are using Raspbian LITE and not stretch for the OS setup.

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

  1. Download the latest 'Lite' Raspbian to your computer
  2. Burn the Lite Raspbian to your MicroSD card using your computer
  3. Re-plug the SD card into your computer (don't use your Pi yet!) and set up your wifi connection by editing supplicant.conf
  4. Activate SSH support
  5. Plug the SD card into the Pi 3
  6. If you have an HDMI monitor we recommend connecting it so you can see that the Pi is booting OK
  7. Plug in power to the Pi 3 - you will see the green LED flicker a little. The Pi 3 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
This guide was first published on Jun 28, 2018. It was last updated on Jun 28, 2018. This page (Raspberry Pi Setup) was last updated on Jul 17, 2019.