Raspberry Pi B & B+ Boot SD Card for PROTA OS (HTML5 UI)





Introduction: Raspberry Pi B & B+ Boot SD Card for PROTA OS (HTML5 UI)

Follow this instructable to get your PROTA OS up and running on your Raspberry Pi without pulling too much hair.

NOTE for your understanding

PROTA OS is an alternative, headless-oriented OS for Raspberry Pi for people like me who seek I-just-want-to-plug-and-use. Burning the image, I’d say, is the least attractive part of the stage but once past that, I find myself toying with apps and mingling those to make serial execution of my tasks and choirs when I need it on where I need it. Automation finally smells like roses with just a few clicks.

Step 1: Prepare Your Parts

Quantities and parts

  • 1 Raspberry Pi Model B or B+ (check if it’s not a defect)
  • 1 SD card or microSD card 8GB and over (recommend Samsung EVO UHS Class10 for speed)
  • 1 microUSB type power adapter supporting 5V 2A and over or built for Raspberry Pi
  • 1 LAN cable
  • 1 SD or microSD Memory Card Read for burning image

Step 2: Download the PROTA OS Image

Google your way and find the OS image. You can’t miss it.

If you found the right venue, now it’s matter of your taste. Torrent or ZIP, I know it’s a tough one, but you’ll have to choose one of the two. Download may take awhile, so don’t forget to stop by at Starbucks. There’s a long night waiting ahead of you. If you choose to sit and stare as it download, I mean.

This's the fastest route to download if you prefer to save time.
Where-can-I-download link

Step 3: Burn the OS Image on SD or MicroSD Card

Choose the right burner for your current OS. Depends on your system, you need to pay closer attention to this details unless you know your way around this.

If you’re a Linux or Mac user,

use Terminal and type in the following command line to burn your image.

diskutil list
diskutil unmountDisk /dev/diskN
dd if=myPartitionImage.dd of=/dev/diskNsP bs=128k


If you’re a Windows user,

use Win32 Disk Imager.

  1. Find the PROTA Pi image and set its path of Image File.
  2. Click Write.
  3. Confirm to execute.

Step 4: Basic 3-step to Run PROTA OS

Now, it’s the moment of truth.

After burning the image, all you have to do is follow the above steps.


NOTE for troubleshooting

Do I need to hook up a mouse and keyboard on Raspberry Pi to control the device?

Connecting HDMI cable from your Raspberry Pi to your display will show you the guide. However, PROTA is a server OS with Web UI for controlling and monitoring your system. Open up a HTML5-supported web browser from one of your smartphones or notebooks and access myprota.me. Make sure your devices and PROTA are on the same network.


If no PROTA shows up on myprota.me, what should I do?

You must make sure your devices and PROTA are on the same network. If you have a multi-tiers of network, check if your devices and PROTA are on different networks. There's also a possibility that Raspberry Pi hardware may have defect in ethernet port or not properly connected. Please double check if this is not the case.


If above isn’t enough, use comments below or leave a thread on the PROTA forum.

Step 5: Finale

Why all the trouble? This’s the payoff.

  1. It’s the kind of apps I can download and install with a single click: Volumio, BitTorrent Sync,
  2. It’s the sort of things I can control: IR machines like TV, AC, fans, or robot vacuums, RF machines like ONOFF power sockets, WiFi machines like Philips Hue, and last but not least GPIO.
  3. It’s the web services I can call with REST APIs: Evernote, Salesforce, Twitters, and much more.

I can inter-program them all like one software but with a mouse or touch all on my Raspberry Pi.



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    I've burned Prota OS into the SD card but can't seem to boot it up into the monitor? I feel like I'm going crazy trying to configure it out lol The initializing startup Prota page comes out for a few seconds when booted up but then the screen turns black! Tried clicking with cursor and keyboard still nothing happens. Do you have any idea why? I've tried booting the Raspberry Pi with Raspbian before so I know the RPi its definitely working, just can't get it to work with Prota OS :(.

    Thank you for your query.
    After downloading the Prota Image, you will need to burn the image on the SD card.
    Once you finish burning the image on the SD card, you can just plug it in your RPI and follow our guide here http://docs.prota.info/101-prota-pi/ for the "First-time configuration". For this, you can use our Prota Space app either for Android or for IOS.
    Please follow the guide and hopefully you will be able to configure and use your Prota OS.
    If you encounter any more issues regarding this, feel free to contact us anytime.
    Best regards
    Naran Support Team

    Hi Naran! Thanks for the reply but I'm still facing issues in booting up Prota :( I've followed your Prota guide but when booting it always will only display the Prota logo then the screen turns black. Still can't connect it to Prota Space since it displays black screen only.

    I've been trying to locate the SD files for a while now. Is there no way to download this other than buying a box?

    Please subscribe to Prota Pioneer Membership program and you'll get a download link when its available. We are working hard to release it ASAP!

    Is there a new location for the download, or has this project just died? The linked page does not exist anymore, nor do any of the Google links result in a download location.

    We are working on an updated version. Meanwhile you please download from here:

    If you have any troubles with Prota, please submit on http://support.prota.info

    We've been working hard since April 2015 and soon we'll introduce something new. Stay tuned!

    So I can:
    1. "burn" this in an mSD
    2. and power it headless
    3. Connect my phone with it (still headless)
    4. Install bittorrent? with my phone?

    That's correct. You can install BitTorrent on PROTA from your phone.

    You can sync data across devices like phone, PC, and PROTA.