• 8Gb Micro-SDHC card
  • maybe: USB adapter for the SD card

Download Raspbian
First, download the newest Raspbian operating system here:
Raspbian Download
This image now needs to be burned to the SD card, depending on the operating system. Do not forget to safely eject the SD card after the Image was burned- the SD card may be corrupted elseway!

Image installation – Windows
Download and install the freeware tool Win32DiskImager. You might be asked to install the Java runtime libraries – do so. Start the program which should look like this:



Now, attach the SD card, find its device identifier with the Explorer (e.g. E:) and select it under Device. Select the downloaded Raspbian Image with the interface on the left, then click Write.

Image installation – Mac
Start the tool Disk Utility with the Finder. The tool looks like this:

Mac Disk Utility

Mac Disk Utility

First, select the SD card on the left which should be labeled as external Generic Storage Device. Then, click Edit followed by Restore.... This opens a dialog for restoring the image:
Mac choose Image

Mac choose Image

Select the image, then click Restore.

Image installation – Linux
Under Linux, gnome-disks is perfect for restoring an Image. Install gnome-disks with

and start it with

This shows

gnome-disks Image restoring

gnome-disks Image restoring

Select the plugged-in SD card in the left menu (easily identifiable by size…), then click the icon on the top right and choose Restore Disk Image. In the following dialog, choose the downloaded Raspbian Image and click Start Restoring.