How to get started with Raspberry Pi

NOOBS (New Out Of the Box Software) is an easy operating system install manager for the Raspberry Pi.

Step 1 – Format your SD card with Gparted

It is best to format your SD card before copying the NOOBS files onto it. To do this:

First remove all other hardware from you computer.

Open Synaptic and search for Gparted. This is a program to edit partitions with.  You could also install it using a terminal:

First you need to update the apt repository lists using:

sudo apt-get update

Then you can install Gparted.

sudo apt-get install gparted

Once you’ve opened Gparted you can have a look at the partitions on your SD-card. All of them need to be removed.

Make a new partition and save it in fat32 format. You don’t have to change anything, just use the default settings for your version of ubuntu.

Step 2 – Copy and paste NOOBS files to your SD card

Once your SD card has been formatted, unzip the NOOBS file and extract it.

Install the unzip utility:

sudo apt-get install unzip

If you want to extract to a particular destination folder use:

unzip -d destination_folder

If the source and destination directories are the same, you can simply do:


Copy  all the files in the extracted NOOBS folder and paste them into the SD card drive.Remove the SD card and insert it into your Raspberry Pi.

Step 3 – First boot

Plug in your keyboard, mouse and monitor  cables.

Now plug in the USB power cable to your Pi.

Your Raspberry Pi will boot, and a window will appear with a list of different operating systems that you can install. Choose fe Raspbian and click on Install.

Raspbian will then run through its installation process. Note this can take a while.

When the install process has completed, the Raspberry Pi configuration menu (raspi-config) will load. Here you are able to set the time and date for your region and enable a Raspberry Pi camera board, or even create users. You can exit this menu by using Tab on your keyboard to move to Finish.

Step 4 – Logging in

The default login for Raspbian is username pi with the password raspberry. Note you will not see any writing appear when you type the password. This is a security feature in Linux.

Step 5 – Accessing the graphical user interface

To load the graphical user interface type startx.