Raspberry Pi very very basic Quickstart

Here’s a very brief shopping list and collection of links to get your own RaspberryPi system setup.

Parts List

Setting up the SD card

Download the latest Rasbian linux image.
Setup the SD card by following the RPi Easy SD Card Setup guide.

Booting it all up

Plug everything in, boot up the system. If you’re planning to SSH into the RaspberryPi via Ethernet (instead of using a keyboard/mouse/monitor) you’ll have to log into your router and determine what it’s IP address is.

Setting up the WiFi

Assuming everything booted up okay, you’re ready to setup the wireless.
To setup the wireless card to connect to your WPA/WPA2 secured wireless network, edit


and add this to the bottom of the file. You may need to remove some existing configuration for

allow-hotplug wlan0
auto wlan0
iface wlan0 inet dhcp
wpa-ssid YOUR_SSID

Save this file, and run:

sudo ifdown wlan0
sudo ifup wlan0



and you should see that


has an IP address.


Setting up NTP

Accurate time is useful.

sudo apt-get install ntpdate
sudo ntpdate -u


Updating Raspbian OS

After everything is setup you’ll probably want to update Raspbian to the latest packages and version.

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get upgrade
sudo apt-get dist-upgrade


Updating the RaspberryPi’s firmware

To update the firmware to the latest version, we’ll use Hexxeh’s rpi-update script.

sudo apt-get install git-core
sudo wget -O /usr/bin/rpi-update && sudo chmod +x /usr/bin/rpi-update
sudo rpi-update


You’re done!

At this point you should be completely setup and operational.

If you had any troubles with this please let me know in the comments.


More reading

Here are some resources to do further reading:




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