Create a NOOBS MicroSD Card

Difficulty
Very easy
Steps
4

While there are many Raspberry Pi images to use, NOOBS is a great option for beginners. It is an easy operating system install manager. If you don't already have a NOOBS SD Card, you can create your own.

In this guide, you will learn how to format your microSD card, load NOOBS on it and install Raspbian.

It's the easiest way to get started with the Raspberry Pi!

Step 1  Download NOOBS

There are two ways to get started with NOOBS. The first way is to use a MicroSD Card with NOOBS already loaded onto it. Skip to Step 4 if you are using a NOOBS MicroSD card.

If for some reason you need to reset your SD Card and get a fresh copy, you can easily do so by following the steps below.

  1. Visit the Raspberry Pi downloads page to download NOOBS.
  2. Click on NOOBS.
  3. Select ‘Download as Zip’

Step 2  Format the MicroSD Card

Everything on your current SD card will be overwritten during the formatting process. So if there is anything you want to save, you may want to back those files up before continuing.

Download SD Formatter 4.0 for Windows or Mac. Run it and install the software.

Insert the SD card into your SD card reader, then see the drive letter that shows up in the left hand column of Windows Explorer, or Finder on the Mac.

In SD Formatter, select the correct drive letter for the SD card, then click on 'Format'.

Step 3  Extract and Add NOOBS to MicroSD card

The next step is to extract all the files from the NOOBS zip archive that you downloaded in Step 1.

Head over to your Downloads folder to find the zip archive that you downloaded. Extract the files.

With your SD card still connected, select all the files from the NOOBS folder and drag them into the SD card folder.

Step 4  Install Raspbian

Insert the SD card into the Raspberry Pi, boot it up and select the box next to the Raspbian option.

Click 'Install' and Raspbian will then run through its installation process. This can take a few minutes.

You are now ready to use Raspbian!