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A Raspberry Pi is a small computer that can be plugged into a computer monitor and uses a standard keyboard and mouse enables the user to learn more about programming. You can build your own Internet of Things device with it.

A Raspberry Pi like the most other computer doesn't work without an Operating System. An operating system is a is a program that is loaded into the memory after starting a computer and controls the hardware.

To get the operating system on a Rasberry Pi, you need:

- Raspberry Pi

- SD card (preferably a clean one)

- A working computer (I have done it myself on a Windows computer)

- Monitor

- Mouse

- Keyboard

Ad first you must get the operating system on an SD card before you can put it in de Raspberry Pi. Therefore you need an IMG file, so you can put the Operating System on the SD card. I have put the manual in steps:

Step 1 to 6: are helping you with downloading the IMG file.

Step 7 to 11: Is getting the chosen operating system (Raspbian) on the SD card.

Step 12 to 15: The SD card put into the Raspberry Pi

I have chosen for the IMG file (Win32 Disk Imager) and operating system (Raspbian) because they are well known. Therefore is there for you more information for you, if you want to look into something.

Step 1: Download Win32 Disk Imager

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The first step to get an operating system on a Raspberry Pi is to download Win32 Disk Imager. Win32 Disk Imager is an application that is making it possible to place an operating system on an SD card.

Download Win32DiskImager for the Raspberry Pi from

When you have downloaded the file it will be in a zip file (most likely in your Downloads), you must unpack this and extract to go further and click on the setup.

MatejHantabal7 months ago
Sorry but why on earth do we need this as an Instructable?
Maledetto.7 months ago
The instructable it's very interesting for a beginner, but the real reason why i'm nere it's you keyboard, where did you buy it?
Hi, I'm here for the same thing. Really eye catching keyboard!
tercero7 months ago
Nice instructable. Very informative. Thanks for posting the steps.