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Quickstart for Raspberry Pi 2

This is very short version of the official guide[1], focusing Raspberry Pi 2 (RPI2) without attached monitor and keyboard. It is need to be connected to the router though.


  • Raspberry Pi model 2
  • Micro SD card
  • Wired connection to router
  • DHCP enabled on the router
  • Macbook with card reader

Start from downloading the latest Raspbian (Debian Linux for Raspberry Pi) from https://www.raspberrypi.org/downloads/raspbian/. The Lite version seems to be about right. Unzip the image.

Write it to SD card:

  1. Identify SD card disk device name by running diskutil list. It should look like /dev/diskN where N is the disk id.
  2. Unmount it by running diskutil unmountDisk /dev/diskN, where N is device id identified at 1. For example, diskutil unmountDisk /dev/disk2.
  3. Copy the data by running sudo dd bs=1m if=image.img of=/dev/rdiskN. This will take a while. Press Ctrl+T to check the progress.
  4. Enable ssh by creating file "ssh" in boot partition of the mounted SD card: touch /Volumes/boot/ssh.
  5. Eject the card sudo diskutil eject /dev/rdisk2.

Insert SD card into RPI, connect RPI to the router and power it. In a minute check the list of connected devices and their IP addresses.

Connect to RPI with default username pi:

$ ssh pi@ipaddress

After asking to save host fingerprint, it should display password prompt. Use password raspberry.

You are in. That's typical Debian linux. Do nice things.

  1. https://www.raspberrypi.org/documentation/installation/installing-images/README.md ↩︎

Alex Netkachov

Alex Netkachov

Alex likes functional programming and algorithms. Apart from programming, his favourites are walking with his family in the parks and national trails and reading about universe and history.

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