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 file.zip -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
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
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