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Install Raspbian on Raspberry Pi 3

Post:17/09/2016 Update:

The very first thing you have to do is to install OS on your Raspberry Pi. Today I install Raspbian on which various programs for learning are available.

Table of contents

  1. Format SD card
  2. Download NOOBS
  3. Hardware setup
  4. Raspbian installation & setting
  5. Connect to Internet
  6. OS update

What you need

  • Micro SD card (larger than 8GB) *class 10 is recommended
  • PC connected to Internet
  • Mouse
  • Keyboard
  • Micro USB power supply
  • PC monitor (HDMI or DVI-D)
  • Monitor cable (monitor <=> Raspberry Pi 3)
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1. Format SD card

If your SD card is new, you can skip this step. Mine was used so many times for different purposes. So I formatted it for just in case. You need to work with your PC for this procedure. In order to format SD cards for Raspberry Pi, you need to use SD Formatter 4.0 instead of using format function of your PC.

SD Formatter 4.0: download

Once you download it, click “setup.exe” and follow the instruction to use it. You can choose 3 options: QUICK, FULL(Erase) and FULL(Overwrite). I didn’t know which option I should take but I chose “FULL(Erase)” and it worked out.


2. Download NOOBS

NOOBS is a installer that contains Raspbian. There are several ways to install Raspbian, but this is a recommended method for beginners according to rassberrypi.org.


Once you download NOOBS, unzip and copy all the files inside to SD card.

3. Hardware setup

You want to connect necessary devices with your Raspberry Pi 3. Here is how I did!!


  1. Micro USB power supply (5V, 2.5A)
  2. HDMI cable (to the monitor)
  3. Mouse & Keyboard (I used wireless type and it worked.)
  4. Micro SD card (inserted from the back side.)

4. Raspbian installation & setting

Raspberry Pi doesn’t have a power switch. Once you plug a power supply connector, it automatically starts. So this plugging is equally to turn the power switch of your PC. If it’s powered properly, you will see the red LED lightning. Another LED (green) will blink when Raspberry Pi accesses to the SD card.

You will see this screen when you first start Raspberry Pi 3. Just check Raspbian and click “Install”.


Click “Yes” for the warning.


Installation will begin. Just wait until it ends.


You will see Raspbian desktop after the installation. Now you want to set up timezone and keyboard layout.

Go: Menu > Preference > Raspberry Pi Configuration


Set up timezone and keyboard layout from here.
*Non-English users: Don’t set up “Locale” before you install a language pack. Otherwise, you may see garbled texts.


5. Connect to Internet

Raspberry Pi 3 has a built-in WiFi adapter. So you can connect to Internet either with LAN cable or WiFi. I connected to WiFi and it was easy. Just click the icon for WiFI on your desktop (upper right) and select your access point.


6. OS update

As other major OSs, Raspbian is updated from time to time. Once you are online, it’s better to update your OS and firmware. Click and open LX terminal (upper left on your desktop). Then enter the commands below in order.

sudo apt-get update

Get available update list

sudo apt-get upgrade

Update Rspberry Pi 3 firmware


As I needed Japanese font, I additionally entered the command below. Once you install your own font package, you can set locale from Raspberry Pi Configuration.

sudo apt-get install fonts-vlgothic

Install Japanese font

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