Install OS on to SD Card

This guide uses Raspbian Stretch Lite as the starting point. Download the latest version from here:

You will get a .zip file. Unzip that and you should get a .img file. Then follow these excellent instructions to burn the OS image to an SD card:

You live in a world where an entire operating system can fit on a wafer thin piece of plastic smaller than your finger tip. And you can run this on a $5 (or $10) computer that is small enough to give away on the cover of a magazine. You should be amazed, excited, and happy about this.

This guide was first published on May 17, 2017. It was last updated on Sep 25, 2018. This page (Install OS on to SD Card) was last updated on Sep 22, 2017.