If you would like to bootstrap your Raspberry Pi, and configure things like WiFi and the hostname, you can use our Pi Finder to do that as well.

Configuring Hostname & WiFi

If you would like to setup WiFi and the hostname for your Pi, you can use the text inputs on the right side of the utility to set them. Make sure you have your WiFi USB dongle installed before starting the bootstrap process. We have only tested this utility with the WiFi modules available in the Adafruit shop.

Starting the Bootstrap

Once you have finished configuring the hostname and WiFi settings, you can start the bootstrap process by clicking the Bootstrap! button. A window like the one below will be shown once the bootstrap process has started. You can view a list of the software the boostrap process installs by visiting the GitHub repo for the project.

It will take a few minutes to finish the bootstrap process, and the time will vary depending on the speed of your internet connection. You will see quite a bit of text fly by like the image shown below. Please be patient, the process will be finished soon!

Once the process has finished, you will be returned to the Pi Finder window. You can launch a terminal connection to your Pi, or close the Pi finder if you are finished using the utility.

You can use the utility to shut down the Pi and remove it from the ethernet connection if you would now like to connect to the Pi via WiFi. You can use the Pi Finder to find and connect to the Pi over WiFi once it has restarted.

Please let us know if you have any issues with the process by leaving feedback!

This guide was first published on Apr 08, 2015. It was last updated on Apr 08, 2015.

This page (Bootstrapping the Pi) was last updated on Oct 17, 2021.

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