Beginners should start with NOOBS. You can purchase a pre-installed NOOBS SD card in the swag store, or download NOOBS below and follow the NOOBS setup guide in our help pages.
NOOBS is an easy operating system installer with contains Raspbian. It also provides a selection of alternative operating systems which are then downloaded from the internet and installed.
NOOBS Lite contains the same operating system installer without Raspbian pre-loaded. It provides the same operating system selection menu allowing Raspbian and other images to be downloaded and installed.
Alternatively download our recommended distribution Raspbian as a stand-alone image and follow the image installation guides in our documentation.
Third party images are also available.
Note: Raspbian and NOOBS contain Java SE Platform Products, licensed to you under the Oracle Binary Code Licence Agreement available here.