First we need to flash Raspberry Pi OS onto an SD card. If you need help with this process, please follow our guide on how to install Raspberry Pi OS on your Raspberry Pi.
With Raspberry Pi OS installed on the SD card (and the SD card still mounted on your computer), you can use Finder or a shell to navigate to the boot directory. Now edit the file called
config.txt, and append the following:
Save and exit.
We can SSH by simply adding an empty file called
ssh directly in the boot directory.
On the command line, you can navigate to the boot directory and run:
Note: The file must be called "ssh" not "SSH" or "ssh.txt" or anything other than "ssh".
Now, edit the file called
cmdline.txt. Look for
rootwait, and add
modules-load=dwc2,g_ether immediately after.
Note the formatting of cmdline.txt is very strict. Commands are separated by spaces, and newlines are not allowed.
Here's an example of what my
cmdline.txt file looks like, but you should not copy this. Simply add the required command mentioned above.
console=serial0,115200 console=tty1 root=PARTUUID=6c586e13-02 rootfstype=ext4 elevator=deadline fsck.repair=yes rootwait modules-load=dwc2,g_ether quiet init=/usr/lib/raspi-config/init_resize.sh
Save and exit.
That's it for configuration! Now you can eject the SD card, and insert it into the the Pi. Using a USB cable, connect to the Raspberry Pi from your computer.
After the Pi boots up (this will take a while initially), the Pi should appear as a USB Ethernet device, and you can SSH into it using:
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