Tested on:Kubuntu Linux 14.04
Hardware:SDHC card
SDHC card reader
Host Computer

Gnome-disks is perfect for quickly installing Raspbian

Raspbian is a great open source Debian Linux distribution which was specifically taylored for the Raspberry Pi. First, download the newest Raspbian distribution.

If gnome-disks is not installed on the host computer so far, execute

Start it with

In the now-open graphical application,

  • click on options(the button with a gear symbol on it) and then on recover image
  • select the image file and start the recovery
  • unmount the SD(important!), eject it and plug it in your Raspberry

Some elementary configuration of Raspbian is required; this is explained in the basic setup guide.

Raspbian Website: http://www.raspbian.org
Raspbian Download: http://www.raspberrypi.org/downloads/
Basic setup: http://www.knight-of-pi.org/basic-raspberry-setup-step-by-step

Knight of Pi

Johannes Bergs aka Knight of Pi. Diploma in Bioinformatics, some Webdesign and Python coding then. Living in the beautiful city of Vienna.


  1. If you have the opposite case and need to write the card using few resources then unzip the image directly into the image writing utility:
    unzip -p 2020-01-01-raspbian…zip 2020-01-01-raspbian…img | dd of=/dev/sd… bs=4M status=progress
    Fill in the ellipsis to suit your circumstances.
    (It’s a shame that unzip was used rather than gzip, as gzip would have allowed the file to be streamed directly from wget into dd with no local disk needed at all. Something to consider when distributing files yourself.)

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