This tutorial assumes you have your Pi mostly set up and ready to go.

Please follow the tutorials in order to

  1. Install the OS onto your SD card
  2. Boot the Pi and configure
    Don't forget to change the default password for the 'pi' acccount!
  3. Set up and test the Ethernet and Wifi connection
  4. Connect with a USB console cable (optional)
When done you should have a Pi that is booting Raspbian, you can connect to with a USB console cable and log into the Pi via the command line interface.

It is possible to do this tutorial via ssh on the Ethernet port or using a console cable.

If using a console cable, even though the diagram on the last step shows powering the Pi via the USB console cable (red wire) we suggest not connecting the red wire and instead powering from the wall adapter. Keep the black, white and green cables connected as is.
Don't forget to expand the SD card, or you may run out of space!
This guide was first published on Jun 12, 2013. It was last updated on Jun 12, 2013.
This page (Preparation) was last updated on Oct 22, 2020.