Introduction: Install Raspbian OS in Raspberry Pi With Monitor

Hi Everyone,

Today we will see "How to Install Raspbian OS in Raspberry Pi". If you are having seperate desktop to connect with Raspberry Pi, then this would be the cake walk for you.

This works for both Raspberry pi 4 and older versions of Raspberry Pi.

In more blogs, they said about install "Raspbian Jessie or Raspbian Stretch OS". These are all the Version upgradations from Jessie --> Stretch --> Buster.

Raspbian Buster enhanced the Security harder and slightly changes in User Interface part.

To know more about the features of Raspbian Buster. Here is the below link

Step 1: Download the Raspbian OS

For Raspberry Pi, you need a OS to operate and OS image flasher to flash the image in Raspberry Pi

Download the Raspberry Pi OS from the below link

In this link, there are three options

  • "Raspbian Buster with desktop and recommended software" - Desktop Version of Raspberry Pi and the recommended softwares like Python Interpreter, VLC Media Player etc.
  • "Raspbian Buster with desktop" - Desktop version of Raspberry Pi
  • "Raspbian Buster Lite" - This OS is Light weight and its mostly for Headless Raspberry Pi Users(i.e Raspberry Pi without Monitor)

Download whichever you want. But my option is "Raspbian Buster with desktop and recommended software".

Download the OS as zip file and save it.

Next we need OS Image Flasher to flash the image in Raspberry Pi

Step 2: Writing an Image to the SD Card

All you need is SD card, SD Card Reader, OS Image Flasher

  • The SD card must be minimum of 8GB Class 10 and card reader is must. Insert that card into the card reader and plug that to the USB port.
  • Download "Balena Etcher" from the below URL Choose the "OS" that your system have.

  • Open "Balena Etcher" and select from your hard drive the Raspberry Pi .img or .zip file you wish to write to the SD card.Select the SD card you wish to write your image to.Review your selections and click 'Flash!' to begin writing data to the SD card.

Note: for Linux users, "zenity" might need to be installed on your machine for balenaEtcher to be able to write the image on your SD card.

Step 3: Mount the SD Card in Raspberry Pi

After Flashing of OS in SD Card. Eject carefully and insert the SD Card into Raspberry Pi. Make sure your Monitor, Keyboard and Mouse is connected. Because "Raspbian Buster with desktop and recommended software" and the "Raspbian Buster with desktop" OS didn't start without Monitor.

Finally Raspbian OS is installed in Raspberry Pi. Connect with your WiFi and if you want to see the IP of the Raspberry Pi, open Command Prompt and type "ifconfig".

Also you can use the Raspberry Pi using Putty. All you need is install "OpenSSH" using Command Prompt. Type the IP address and Login Username as "pi" and Password is "raspberry".

If you want other OS to install in Raspberry Pi and also doubts, please comment it. I will try to solve your doubts.


Bala Murugan N G