Saturday, 1 February 2014

RPi: Install Raspbian to Pi on OS X

Goal of this post

Get you started with the Raspberry Pi Model B with as little extra hardware as possible.

What you need

  • Raspberry Pi Model B
  • SD Card 8 GiB Class 10
  • Micro-USB cable for power
  • Network cable for communication
  • A computer
  • Network router (optional)
  • External power supply for Raspberry Pi (5V, ~1A) (optional, very recommended)

What you do

Take careful note of everything in bold red, you might need to change these fields.

Prepare SD Card

  1. Download latest Raspbian operating system -
  2. Open Terminal
  3. df -h
  4. Insert SD Card into computer
  5. df -h (Note rdisk-number for SD Card, ex: /dev/disk1s1)
  6. sudo diskutil unmount /dev/disk1s1
  7. sudo dd bs=1m if=~/Downloads/2013-02-09-wheezy-raspbian.img of=/dev/rdisk1
  8. Wait until dd has done its job, around 2-3 minutes
  9. sudo diskutil eject /dev/rdisk1
  10. Remove SD Card and insert into Raspberry Pi
  11. Plug Raspberry Pi into network and attach power, three leds should light up, indicating power and network connection

Discover Raspberry Pi network address

Either use a network scan for port 22 (SSH) or log in to your router and check DHCP leases.

Make SSH connection

  1. Open Terminal
  2. ssh pi@
  3. Default password is "raspberry"
  4. Run raspb-config and set up your own settings
  5. Go Crazy.