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Every Raspberry PI project starts always from OS installation with SD card flashing. There are several ways to flash SD image for Raspberry PIs, most common being Balena Etcher and Win32DiskImager. Recently Raspberry PI Foundation released its first Raspberry PI imager to prepare SD cards. Trying it is a must for Raspberry PI lovers.
Install Raspberry PI Imager
Using Raspberry PI Imager is very simple and intuitive.
After installation, launch RPI Imager:
Click “CHOOSE OS” to select your favourite OS:
Last picture shows you a set of pre-defined OS you can directly download and install in your Raspberry PI. Raspbian Lite can be found inside “Raspbian (other)” submenu. You can also install alternative OS images with last menù selection (Use Custom), by providing pre-downloaded “.img” files.
Once selected your favourite OS, insert SD card from “CHOOSE SD CARD” button:
Finally, “WRITE” button will download selected OS (if not available locally) and install it. Wait for operations to be completed. At installation end, you will be notified as in following picture:
After this, your SD card is ready to be used. You can now remove and use it.
At this point, you are ready to try our best Raspberry PI projects with open source software.