How to Set Up a New Raspberry Pi

Start using that brand new Pi!
John John (304)
15 minutes

So you just got your brand new Raspberry Pi. Awesome!

This guide will show you how to set up a brand new Raspberry Pi. We will cover everything from the basic accessories to installing Raspberry Pi OS to logging in via SSH and more! This guide will work for any Raspberry Pi model.

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New Raspberry Pi accessories

You'll want to make sure you have all of the required accessories. For this project, you'll need, at a minimum, the Raspberry Pi, a 2.5A power supply, and a Micro SD card. Links to the required accessories are available on this guide in the "Tools" section.

If you have a kit, then that should have everything you need to get started. Check out our review of the Canakit for the Raspberry Pi 4 for an example of a good kit.

The first thing you'll want to do is flash your SD card with the Raspberry Pi OS image of your choice. There are a few versions available with older editions known as Raspbian. Check out our Raspberry Pi OS installation guide to get the latest edition and then return here!

A Micro SD card inserted into a Raspberry Pi

If necessary remove the SD card from the adapter and push it into the reader on the Raspberry Pi. Push down until you feel and hear it click into place.

A power cable connected to a Raspberry Pi

Plug in the power cable to the wall and then the Raspberry Pi. It will power on as soon as it's plugged in.

Learn how to safely shutdown the Raspberry Pi when you're finished.

Now, with your pi powered on and connected to your local network, you should be able to ssh into your pi. SSH comes installed and enabled on Rasppberry Pi OS, so you should be able to SSH in without any prior setup.

First we'll ping the Raspberry Pi to make sure we can find it. The default hostname for the Raspberry Pi is unsurprisingly: raspberrypi.

ping raspberrypi

You should see output like this:

PING ( 56 data bytes
64 bytes from icmp_seq=0 ttl=64 time=81.131 ms

Then press ctrl+c to stop.

Since we can reach our pi, now we'll SSH in. The default username and password for the Raspberry Pi is pi and raspberry.

ssh -l pi raspberrypi

The -l option specifies the username, which in our case is pi. Then we'll type in the password: raspberry. For security reasons, you won't see the password as you type.

Now you should be logged into your pi, and you should see a prompt like this:

pi@raspberrypi:~ $

At this point, you'll want to change the password for the pi user on your Raspberry Pi. This can be done using the passwd command.


Follow the linked guide for more details.

Check out our guide on connecting to WiFi on the Pi.

Once you're connected to the internet, you should consider configuring Pi-hole on your Raspberry Pi to browse pop-up free!