Easy Guide To Installing NOOBS Raspberry Pi

In this tutorial, I go through the steps on installing NOOBs Raspberry Pi so you can easily get the operating system (OS) you want as easy and fast as possible.

Installing NOOBS Raspberry Pi

As you may already know NOOBS Raspberry Pi is the newest way of getting a suitable operating system onto If you have purchased a NOOBS (New Out Of the Box Software) SD card then installing the OS is a very straight-forward process.

If you didn’t purchase a NOOBS SD card, then don’t stress, as it is still straightforward to download and install onto a plain SD Card or micro SD card.

The NOOBS operating system installer contains both Raspbian and LibreElec. You will also find other operating systems are available but they will need to be downloaded and installed.

Installing NOOBS Raspberry Pi

I will now go through all the basics you will need to know to get a NOOBS installation up and running in the shortest amount of time. Whether you bought a pre-installed card or you need to do a fresh install then this guide will be able to help you.

If reading isn’t your thing, then you should check out the video I have made below. It will take you from start to end on how to bring your Pi to life.

Bought a NOOBS pre-installed SD Card?

The easiest and probably the best way to get NOOBS is to simply just buy an SD card that already has it pre-installed. You can buy this at most electronic stores that have Raspberry Pis in stock. For example, they have them for sale over at Amazon if you’re looking for a NOOBs SD Card you find.

If you have a pre-installed SD card, please jump straight to the First Boot section.


1. You will need to use a computer with an SD card reader. (If you don’t have one you can buy a USB SD Card reader)

2. You will need to download the NOOBS installer (Offline & network install) at the NOOBS download page it is about 700mb. You can download the network install, but you will need an active network connection to your Pi for it to work correctly.

3. Once downloaded extract the files from the zip file.

Format your SD card

You will need to format your SD card before you can copy the NOOBS files onto it.

Follow the steps below to do this.

1. You will need a formatting tool visit the SD Association’s website and download SD Formatter for either Windows or Mac.

2. Follow the instructions to install the formatting software.

3. Insert your SD card into the computer or laptop’s SD card reader and check the drive letter allocated to it, e.g. G:/

4. In SD Formatter, select the drive letter for your SD card (eg. G:/) and format it.

Drag and drop NOOBS files

1. Once the SD card has been formatted, drag all the files in the extracted NOOBS folder and drop them into the SD card drive.

2. All the required files will then be transferred to your SD card.

3. When the transfer has finished, safely remove the SD card and insert it into your Raspberry Pi.

First boot

1. Make sure that your keyboard, mouse and monitor cables are all plugged into the Raspberry Pi.

2. Now plug in the USB power cable to your Pi and turn the power on.

3. Your Raspberry Pi will boot, and a window will appear with a list of different operating systems that you can install. Throughout my Pi projects, I will mostly be using Raspbian unless I specify otherwise, tick the box next to the OS you wish to install and then click install.

4. The installation process will now begin this may take a while.

5. Once the install process has completed, the Raspberry Pi configuration menu (raspi-config) will load. Here you can set the time and date for your region and enable a Raspberry Pi camera board, or even create users. You can exit this menu by using Tab on your keyboard to move to Finish.

Logging in and Accessing the Graphical User Interface

You should find that the most recent version of Raspbian will boot straight to the desktop. This startup mode can be changed by editing the configuration in the Raspi-config tool or via the settings in the GUI (Graphical User Interface).

The Raspberry Pi default login for Raspbian is username pi with the password raspberry. Please note that as you type your password, nothing will be displayed. This lack of password is a security feature within the Linux operating system.

To bring up the graphical user interface simply type startx.

I hope that you now have NOOBS Raspberry Pi installed and everything is working correctly. If you have come across any issues or just want to leave some feedback, then please feel free to drop a comment below.


  1. Stephen Guptill on

    Is it possible to install multiple OS’s on one SD card and select at boot?

    I would like NOOBS, Commodor Pi, and Android all on my boot options.

    1. Marco on

      Yes. You will have a boot menu when you turn on or restart your pi

  2. Jordan on

    I followed the instructions, but when I put the SD card in the raspberry pi and turned it on, the screen remained white and nothing happened. Did I do something wrong when formatting the SD card or downloading NOOBS?

    1. Gus on

      Hi Jordan,

      That sounds very strange, it is possible something went wrong. I would suggest trying again from step 1.

      If that doesn’t work then you can try writing the image Raspbian directly to the SD-Card. The Chromium OS tutorial has the steps but instead of using the ChromiumOS image use the Rasbpian image that can be downloaded over at the Raspberry Pi’s official website.

      I hope that helps!

    2. Paul Molefe on

      Please advice for a very basic course on Linux and python. I have just started in The Raspberry space

  3. Joshua on

    Hi thanks for the guide,

    I have look at a few webpages like this one on setting up a raspberry pi
    and I noticed that you didn’t download win32-diskimager.
    Will I get the same results if I just copy the files instead of imaging them

    Joshua D

    1. Gus on

      Hi Joshua!

      When you download NOOBS you will get a ZIP file. The contents of this zip can be copied straight to the SD Card after formatting. When you boot the Pi for the first time NOOBS will run and set everything up for you. You will then be able to select an OS to install.

      If you opt to install the standalone Raspbian image (Without NOOBS) then yes you will need to download the win32diskimager.

      I hope this makes sense!

      Let me know if you need any further help!

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