Back to Basics: Raspberry Pi Imager

This article is specifically for new Raspberry Pi users. So if you’ve already mastered this process check out another one of our articles here: View Other Grizzly Gents Articles

“I Just Bought a Raspberry Pi, Now What?”

Well firstly congrats on your purchase. And get ready to unlock this pandoras box! So you’ve got your Pi, the proper power supply for your board, and an SD card. The next step is to flash the OS you would like to use on your Raspberry Pi. Fortunately for you there are a wide variety of operating systems you can run that include:

  • Raspbian – The Raspi go to Desktop
  • Kali – Pen Testing Software
  • Ubuntu – Linux distro
  • Retropie – Retro Gaming
  • Recallbox – Retro Gaming
  • Batocera – Video Games
  • Windows 10 (limited)
  • Kodi – media center
  • Open Media Vault – NAS
  • PiHole – Ad Blocker

And these are just a few of many that are in constant development. For the sake this article we will flash the Raspbian Desktop which is typically the most common for beginners.

Raspberry Pi Imager : Photo from

Raspberry Pi Imager

Firstly navigate to the Raspberry Pi Foundation website and download their Imaging tool. Here is the link to the Pi Foundations download

This tool makes flashing an OS much easier and faster.

Once the download is complete open the file and follow the installation prompts.

Flashing the SD

Once your installation is complete open the Raspberry Pi Imager tool. At this time also insert your SD card into your computer.

Now click on “Raspberry Pi Images” , from the drop down menu select “Raspbian 32BIt”.

Now click choose storage and select your SD Card. MAKE SURE YOU SELECT YOUR SD CARD AND NOT YOUR HARDDRIVE.

Once you selected your SD card click “Write” and allow the imager to flash the IMG to your SD card. Depending on your SD card , hardware, and internet connection, it may take 5-10 minutes ( maybe longer) for your SD card to to be ready. Once its done flashing the files it will notify you. Go ahead and pop the micro SD card out, pop it into you Rpi, connect your keyboard, mouse, and monitor an power it on. You should see come terminal commands appear followed by the RASPIAN desktop.

Now that you’ve familiarized yourself with the Raspberry Pi Imaging tool you can now try out dozens of other operating systems. Do you have a favorite OS? What will you be building with your raspberry PI? Be sure to let us know in the comments, until next time Grizzlies.

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