Introducing Raspberry Pi Imager, our new imaging utility

We’ve made a simpler way to image your microSD card with Raspbian, the official Raspberry Pi operating system, and other operating systems. Introducing our new imaging utility, Raspberry Pi Imager.

Raspberry Pi Imager

Simplifying the Raspberry Pi experience

For me, one of the most important aspects of the Raspberry Pi experience is trying to make it as easy as possible to get started.  To this end, since launching the first Raspberry Pi, we’ve added a GUI to our operating system, a wizard to help you set up your Raspberry Pi the first time you boot it, and lots of books and magazines to get people up and running.  We’ve even developed the Raspberry Pi Desktop Kit to put all the things you need (yes, Alex, I know – except for a monitor) into a single box to make it as easy as possible!

SD cards can be a bit tricky

Despite all these moves towards more simplicity, when it comes to microSD cards, programming them with your favourite Raspberry Pi operating system has always been a little bit tricky.

The main problem comes from the differences between the operating systems that people’s main computers are likely to use: Windows, macOS, and Linux all use different methods of accessing the SD card, which doesn’t help matters. And, for some new Raspberry Pi users, understanding where to find the latest up-to-date image and how to get it onto the microSD card can be a bit confusing, unless you’ve had prior experience with image-flashing tools such as Etcher.

For that reason, we’ve always suggested that you should buy a pre-loaded NOOBS SD card from your Raspberry Pi Approved Reseller.

But what if you want to re-image an existing card?

Introducing the new Raspberry Pi Imager

Image Utility

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From today, Raspberry Pi users will be able to download and use the new Raspberry Pi Imager, available for Windows, macOS and Ubuntu.

The utility is simple to use and super speedy, thanks to some shortcuts we’ve introduced into the mechanics.

Firstly, Raspberry Pi Imager downloads a .JSON file from our website with a list of all current download options, ensuring you are always installing the most up-to-date version.

Once you’ve selected an operating system from the available options, the utility reads the relevant file directly from our website and writes it straight to the SD card. This speeds up the process quite considerably compared to the standard process of reading it from the website, writing it to a file on your hard drive, and then, as a separate step, reading it back from the hard drive and writing it to the SD card.

During this process, Raspberry Pi Imager also caches the downloaded operating system image – that is to say, it saves a local copy on your computer, so you can program additional SD cards without having to download the file again.

Open source and ready to go!

Download the Raspberry Pi Imager from our downloads page today.

Raspberry Pi Imager is fully open source and was originally written as a modification of the PiBakery tool, later modified and finished by Floris Bos (the original writer of the NOOBS tool and the PiServer tool). You can see Floris’ other software, for data centres, here.

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Now we only need a Raspbian version of the app to flash new microSD from a Raspberry Pi a close the circle.
Congratulations for the app.

Reply to manuti

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Yes, Serge is busy bringing one up… It’s easy enough to build if you follow the instructions on the github sources for a deb build.

Reply to Gordon Hollingworth

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OK, thanks. I give a try this evening.

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I tried using the instructions on the github site to build the raspbian version. The ‘sudo apt install –no-install-recommends …..’ gives an error ‘Unable to locate package qtbase5-dev’and [email protected]:~/imagewriter $ debuild -uc -us gives ‘bash: debuild: command not found’.Whats wrong ?

Will there be a downloadable Raspbian version ?

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I want to make a raspberry pi 4 a basic desktop PC. I hate Windows OS. It would be great if the Raspberry Pi Imager worked with Raspbian OS. Does the Unbuntu version work with Ubuntu Mate for the raspberry pi?

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It’s in Raspbian Buster now:
sudo apt update && sudo apt install rpi-imager
I made a new image on a larger microSD card and copied /home/pi to the same folder on the new image. I run from the new image now and it seems to work well. I guess some unnecessary files and folders were copied. I have to install extra programs. I didn’t want to use SD Card Copier because my first image was NOOBs. Maybe if SD Card Copier could remove NOOBs it would be a better option when increasing SD card.

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Does it provide options to enable ssh and set WiFi details for headless installs?

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No, this tool is specifically made to be as simple as possible. It’s done this way to reduce the barrier to entry for beginners. For more advanced users this can be set up using the ssh file and wpa_supplicant file in the first partition afterwards

https://www.raspberrypi.org/documentation/configuration/wireless/headless.md

Reply to Gordon Hollingworth

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That would be amazing to expand this to also provide the initial configuration setup.
-Enable SSH
-Enter your Wifi info (spits out wpa_supplicant file)
-Choose language and localization settings.

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+1 also setting the default password :)

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+1 in general, all common options of config.txt and cmdline.txt

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Pi Bakery lets you do that. Not to detract from this software.
It’s just a little more robust for the more technically inclined pi users.

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Being able to set SSH and wifi would be fantastic – a one stop shop to get your Pi up and running.

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Oooh interesting 😀

On my laptop it was blocked by Windows 10’s built-in antivirus as an unknown app:

“Windows protected your PC
Windows Defender SmartScreen prevented an unrecognised app from starting. Running this app might put your PC at risk.
More info”

That’s on a fully up-to-date system. I also did a manual update check, which pulled in the latest definitions, but it still shows that warning.

You may wish to submit this shiny new app to Microsoft, if you haven’t already done so – see https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/wdsi/filesubmission. That seems to work in getting the block disabled – for example see https://github.com/raspberrypi/documentation/pull/1365.

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Just Click “More Info” then you can install it anyway, Microsoft have a method where we can pay more money and you get rid of this right away. But instead it’ll be there until a few people have installed it without complaining!

Hopefully that’s 100s not 1000s!

Gordon

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Thanks I managed to install it OK and it seems to work well. Great to have all that functionality built into a single tool, and cross platform too 😁 Guess I can now uninstall Etcher 👍

Reply to andrum99

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I can confirm, both the problem, and Gordon’s work around. For Noobs, you may want to post the additional step needed to get it to work.

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Will RISC_OS be one of the systems available?

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Oops, forgot to add them to my email

Hopefully, they’ll have an image

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I don’t think RiscOS has come along with us on the 4B journey. Not yet anyway.

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RISC OS isn’t ready for Pi 4 yet but is being worked on. It’s hoped to be cooked for the next ‘stable’ ROS release. Looks like that might be soon-ish.

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Just tried this on a 64 bit Mint-19 PC and it seems to work, except when you press the “CHOOSE SD CARD” and just get an empty window with no explanation ! While **I** know it’s because there is no sd-card interface on this particular machine, it’s not very helpful for something intended to be for beginners.

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Just tried on my Mint laptop (which does have a SD card slot) and it still just pops up an empty window. A prompt to insert a card at that point would be helpful !

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It’s a pity there is no version for GNU/Linux, but “for Ubuntu” instead. There are a lot of various distros, any good software maker should try to make their software working universally across as many distros as possible, covering at least the big 3 and their variants – Red Hat, SUSE and Debian.

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There shouldn’t be anything preventing maintainers of distros from adding this to their repos. Maybe we can take a look at using something like AppImage later.

Reply to Serge Schneider

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Which bit of “Raspberry Pi Imager is fully open source” and the link to the sources in github is giving you trouble building it on your mythical GNU/Linux system ?

Reply to PeterO

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The part where it says it’s for BEGINNERS (NOOBS) who probably don’t have a clue about compiling from source. Which is different from someone (say, like me) who uses Pi-Gen to build my own Raspbian images on a regular basis to fit specific needs.

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But that’s not what was being complained about though was it !

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Where is the snap/appimage? What about us btw I use Archers

Reply to ComputerKid

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What a great idea.
I love watching how things have grown from the humble start of the Pi

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An issue I’ve found:
In Use Custom:
Cant select folders. I have images in “RPi-Stuff” on my Desktop in Win10. Can’t get to it from “My Computer” or my user. Can’t manually type it in “Look in:”
Path to files: C:\Users\kevin\Desktop\RPi_Stuff
Only available: C:\Users\kevin\Downloads
or
C:\Program Files (x86)\Raspberry Pi Imager
This is in “Select Image”
Also can’t get to my NAS where I keep my archive of older images. No Network Drives show at all.
No USB Attached Hard Drives or sticks show either.

Reply to Kevin Shumaker

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I have a big index for that json, with more than 200 operating systems, you can add and teach how to add it. The app need to be on Raspbian!

Reply to Luciano Rabassa

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Would rather have had you use the time given to helping USB boot for Pi 4 than replacing Etcher to be honest.

Try living in the country with flaky power and a wife who limits the number of UPS boxes in the house.

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What makes you think this effort has in any way delayed boot-over-USB for the ePi4B? I think the RPF/RPT are capable of working on more than one thing at a time…

As for the UPS problem…demonstrate the utility (to your wife) of as many UPSes as you think you need.

Reply to W. H. Heydt

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I did not say that it has delayed it – I said the time should have been used towards it. A year down the line and it’s ‘still coming’.

Reply to Andyroo

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While you wait, just use SD Card Copier to copy from your SD card to a USB drive, (making sure to change the UUIDs), then use lsblk -o NAME,PARTUUID to identify the PARTUUID and change it on the SD card in /boot/cmdline.txt

Now you’re running from the the USB drive…

Turns out we work on more than one thing at a time, so doing this work doesn’t stop us from working on USB boot. So it’s unlikely to be long now.

Reply to Gordon Hollingworth

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Maybe the Raspberry Pi team should demand your power supplier provide you with a better supply? As, to you, they seem to have time to waste, to be honest.

Reply to Monkey10IS

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Great to have a simple tool, though personally use the “Chromebook Recovery Utility” in Chromium Browser.

The only downside is this like other similar software it does not check that the SD Card is suitable for the SD Card Reader… SDHC / SDXC ??

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Great job on this tool! I did get hit with the Microsoft warning, but installed anyway (trust you folks)…

You know this question is coming, and I’m sure there’s been some discussions internally. Yes, the tool is open-source, and people who distribute their own version of Raspbian can fork it and make it their own. Or users can use this tool and select the ‘custom file’ option. However that sorta goes against the spirit of the tool to have just one centralized tool.

Would there be a method at one point to become ‘semi-official’ and be integrated in the one central tool ?
There could be an option just before ‘custom’, something like “other unsupported OS”, and developers could do PRs t add their distro.

The Foundation would still be the one handling the merges, so they would make the final decision of course on whether to accept a specific distro or not.

What’s the official stance? (I’m sure this has been discussed internally already) Is it ‘no forever’, or ‘maybe eventually’?

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I’m happy to add distributions of OSes if we think they will be used and they are suitably supported / updated.

Add as an issue on the github account

Reply to Gordon Hollingworth

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Thanks!

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Gordon,

Great to see that you have recognized an important problem and taken steps to solve it.

Here is the real issue and I hope you and your team will work on this.

Many of us run Rpi’s and have several. I also run X86 Raspian Desktop from a live USB drive on my older Win7 PC at home and work. Both run much faster with X86Raspian, even though from a live USB drive!) and I have identical files, as I take the thumb drive back and forth to work. The X86 Raspian has the same environment at the Rpi Raspian, and I run the latest Arudino IDE on both the X86 Raspian desktop and the Raspian for RPi. Until recently, the X86 Raspian running off the live USB drive on my older PC’s was faster
than the Rpi3B or Rpi3B+. With the new RPi4/4GB, the Rpi’s are now just as fast or faster.

My philosphy is to try to not use ANYTHING from Microsoft or Apple and go all open source/Linux if at all possible, and the X86 Raspian has gone a long way to solving my problems. PLEASE MAKE THE TOOL SO THAT I CAN BURN IMAGES THAT WILL WORK FOR THE X86 Raspian OR THE RPI RASPIAN. THAT WAY I DO NOT HAVE TO USE MICROSOFT OR APPLE SOFTWARE, EVER. THAT IS MY GOAL, ALL OPEN SOURCE AND NICE RASPIAN (WHICH BY THE WAY SEEMS TO BE BETTER/FASTER THAN STRAIGHT DEBIAN X86 LINUX FOR SOME REASON).

I LOVE BEING ABLE TO DO MAKER DEVELOPMENT WITH ARDUINO IDE ON EITHER RPI OR X86 RASPIAN (NOW USING ESP32-CAM, ESP32, AND ESP8266 ARDUINO IDE PLUG INS THAT ARE NOW AVAILABLE FOR BOTH X86 RASPIAN AND RPI RASPIAN!).

DO NOT DISCOUNT THE X86 RASPIAN AND THINK PEOPLE ARE NOT USING IT. IT IS REALLY GREAT FOR THE LARGE NUMBER OF WIN7 USERS WHO REFUSE TO GO TO WIN10 AND ARE TIRED OF OS’S THAT REQUIRE MORE AND MORE HARDWARE RESOURCES TO GIVE MARGINAL PERFORMANCE IMPROVEMENTS THAN OLDER PC’S WITH LESS POWER.

I AM WRITING AT LEAST ONE SCIENTIFIC JOURNAL ARTICLE ON USING ARDUINO OR ESP32 CAM WITH EITHER RPI RASPIAN OR X86 RASPIAN DESKTOP. THIS WAY, FOR SCHOOLS OR PEOPLE WITH ESSENTIALLY NO MONEY, BUT OLDER PC’S, THEY CAN BUY THE CHEAP MICROPROCESSOR FOR <$10 AND DO FAIRLY SOPHISTICATED EXPERIMENTS AND IF THEY HAVE NO MONEY FOR AN RPI, CAN USE EXACTLY THE SAME PYTHON AND ARDUINO CODE (WITH THE EXCEPTION OF CHANGING THE SERIAL PORT NAME) ON A PC RUNNING X86 RASPIAN LINUX FOR FREE!!

PLEASE MAKE THE ENTIRE PROCESS SO THAT WE CAN USE X86 RASPIAN AND RPI RASPIAN ONLY TO PREPARE AND IMAGE OUR MICRO SDXC CARDS. LATEST ONES I AM USING ARE 256GB, THEY HAVE COME DOWN SO MUCH IN PRICE!

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An option inside the imaging utility to format existing SD cards before the write would be kind of cool. Has anyone suggested this as an included feature in future releases?

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The SD card format is contained inside the image, so there’s no point in doing that. But we have added an option just to FAT32 format the card… (Now I’m thinking about whether to allow an option to do a full format, writing 0s to all sectors)

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That would a nice option when we write to an old SD Card.

Reply to Pearl.852

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Currently giving me a “Error downloading OS list from Internet” when running it on a raspberry pi 4b

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Yes, that’s because downloads.raspberrypi.org needs its SSL stuff updated. It should happen in the next few days!

Otherwise keep loading it, there’s a 1 in 9 chance you’ll get through to the server that does work!

Gordon

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Congratulations!

That’s a great step forward which helps everybody – in particular Raspberry beginners – to prime the SD card with an OS. No fiddling around with an OS image and an image burning program any more. Everything is now handled transparently by the Raspberry Pi Imager :+1:

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good work but
will not work with buster
please also can ssd boot first
as sd cards are not cost efictive

tks

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As mentioned above, we can actually work on more than one thing at a time – this tool was written by someone who is not involved with the USB boot code. Have you considered the hybrid boot where its started by SD card then goes to SSD? That means just a small SD card needed, and it won’t wear out because it only ever read.

The tool is being built for Buster and will go in the repos at some point, but that’s quite a niche requirement.

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It would be awesome if this app works on an iPad Pro so that I don’t need a laptop. I’m currently dependent a laptop only for flashing sd cards, everything else can be done on an iPad Pro. Please make it happen.

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Does this support dual-boot?

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No, you would need to install NOOBS for that

Reply to Gordon Hollingworth

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+1 for an appimage version please. Great work by the way, thank you.

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The creation of rpi-imager off github went very smoothly. I was able to get the download distribution after trying several times (ie. 1 in 9 chance).
when you get the ssl update finished do I completely reinstall or is there an upgrade process?
Also with rpi-imager it appears that noobs will no longer be needed?
thanks.

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When we fix the server it’ll just work! You won’t have to update anything…

Ah, just saw your message below…

We’re not planning the demise of NOOBS any time soon, they do still provide different things (when you buy an SD card if it’s already programmed with NOOBS you don’t have to download anything). But you’re right this has a lot of the best functionality of NOOBS

Reply to Gordon Hollingworth

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Adding DietPi to the selections would make it far more useful for Roon Bridge users.

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Sorry .. I see that the change will happen on your side not something in the code .. but my question about the future of NOOBS remains…
Amazing work .. this is far better than any of my laptops or desktops … because they only have usb2 … They are headed for the scrap heap soon … the raspberry pi 4 is truly a all purpose machine… just fantastic!

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Good new update that helps those of us that are looking for things to be quite straight forward.

Having recently moved to Ubuntu from Windows 10, I have over the last couple of weeks been struggling to get Etcher to work and download NOOBS, eventually discovered that I needed to just flash Rasbian – due to my ignorance I have to admit.

However I wanted to reinstall the OS and this is much more straight forward, much quicker than Windows, slower that Etcher – but ease of use makes it a much better option.

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Will we see a backup SD to .img feature at a click of a button in the near future?

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We already have one, its called SD Card Copier and you can access it from the Raspbian menu. It is not a simple thing to create a reliable copier (actually cloner) on Windows, since you need to re-size partitions that Windows doesn’t understand.

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This looks like a good tool for beginners – although the user needs permission to install a program on the computer – one of the alleged advantages of NOOBS.

I really don’t understand all these people who keep re-installing OS.
I download once when a new OS is released (every 2 years or so) then clone from my backups

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That’s excellent. Great job!

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Just keep reporting it as safe if Edge (chromium version) blocks via SafeScreen it with a harsh warning.
SmartScreen is good and it’s easy to report.

Going to make life easier (just needs a future ‘Advanced’ tab/button, for some pre-settings). But no rush, I can cope :-)

Is this going to be bundled with the RPx86 Desktop at some point ?

(I see RPD x86 was updated last month with no changelog, could we have some update info for it?)

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Using the Ubuntu version it keeps saying it cannot download the list of OS’S?

Reply to Colin Tinker

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This is a short term problem with our downloads.raspberrypi.org servers, if you keep trying it should work in the end (1 in 9 hits)…

We are trying to update the servers, will be fixed soon…

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Many thanks for the fast reply.

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Is it possible to cache multiple os images?

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We decided to limit it to a single image, otherwise we’d have to provide some method of being able to control the caching of images… Which would again make it difficult to use and understand for beginners.

Reply to Gordon Hollingworth

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Not sure if its a hardware issue but I’m getting a report on one of my SD cards even after erasing and re-flashing using this tool;

“Verifying write failed. Contents of SD card is different then what was written to it.”

Also in this context the message should read ‘Than’ not ‘Then’ /pedantry

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Actually, to be pedantic, it should read “…different from…” – “…different than…” isn’t particularly good grammar! ;)

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After some further testing seems to have been an issue with the image I was trying to flash (octoprint) rather than anything else, possibly because it creates two partitions on the SDcard?

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This issue has been fixed and released, please download again

Reply to Gordon Hollingworth

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Why it does not support compute modules. Etcher can already do the same thing but will also recognise CM over usb and prepare it for programming.

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In a future update, you should add a ‘advanced’ mode with more options and features. Like SSH, WiFi, password, overclocking or location settings.

Reply to Cole Wiebe

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There’s already a complex version, it’s called PiBakery… Allows you to do all those things

Reply to Gordon Hollingworth

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Are you able to release a ‘portable version’ so you don’t need to install it? Thanks

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I have been using Raspberry Pi from the beginning, and Linux from its beginning also. I applaud all of the “ëasing” progress that you continue to make … but now not being able to also download and flash images the “old fashioned way”, directly or by torrent, does start to remove your product from the old Linux family ways of doing things. Many of us use Raspberry Pi to teach Engineering, Computer Science and Mechatronics. No longer being able to teach the old ways too disables our ability to show our budding computer professionals what goes on “behind the curtain”. Remember budding computer experts must eventually know more than Word and Excel.. The idea for my students is to have them move quickly beyond being “NOOBS”. Please proceed carefully…

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Don’t worry – you can still download Raspbian and other operating systems from our Downloads page; we wouldn’t even think of removing the option to do things that way.

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https://www.raspberrypi.org/downloads/raspbian/

The download page is still available if one wants to use .IMG (zipped) files and prefer to use a different method to create a SD Card.

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I have drank the raspberry juice, so now at my house I ONLY have a Raspberry Pi as my personal computer. So the downfall is that I don’t have a good/easy way of formatting the SD card or installing the OS. Tools like this new imager and the official SD Formatter utility do not offer versions that run directly in Raspbian. :( I would think that if Raspberry Pi (Foundation) offers some official tooling — they would make that tooling available to run on their own hardware/OS. Raspberry Pi users should not have to rely on some other kind of computer to get a new Raspberry Pi up and running. I realize there probably are (manual or command line) ways of using a Raspberry Pi (with Raspbian) to set up another Raspberry Pi, but it won’t be nearly as easy or straight forward as these other utilities that are designed to run on Windows10/Mac/Ubuntu. I know, I know — I’m expecting a lot out of my $35 desktop!

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Don’t worry Todd, it will soon, but we’re having a little trouble with the SSL TLS on the downloads.raspberrypi.org servers. As soon as that’s sorted we’ll add it to the repo so you can sudo apt install it..

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I have a new 64GB SanDisk Extreme which I have tried to load over many different avenues to load and and get to boot ALL did not work/load. When I examine the card it seems to have ALL the programs for starting and loading the OS but it just doesn’t BOOT. I have successfully loaded and booted a Lexar 32GB which works perfectly. Kindly let me know your thoughts and suggestions.
Thanks for your assistance!

HPB

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Hi Hank, it’s probably best to discuss this on the github issues list, we can go into more detail there. Create a new issue…

https://github.com/raspberrypi/imagewriter/issues

Reply to Gordon Hollingworth

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64 GB micro SD cards are exFAT formatted when you buy them, and since Raspbian is not compatible with exFAT, you will have to reformat them first to FAT32.

Reply to Herman

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A great tool for newbies with RaspberryPi

Reply to SEO Cantabria

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Are we by any chance being prepped for something special on Pi day?

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Where is the cache located on Windows? Can it be changed?
A expert mode would be nice.

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Shame does not work under 10.11 on Mac, so I will continue with Etcher :(

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No link to the Raspberry Desktop image in the tool…

https://www.raspberrypi.org/downloads/raspberry-pi-desktop/

That should be added. Definitively.

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I tried this on a MacBook Pro. The Raspberry Pi Imager was able to see my 32G FAT32 blank micro SD card, and I selected Raspbian Full desktop OS and clicked on Write.
It said “Writing.. 0%”
Some 5 minutes later I got an error message:
Failed to connect to downloads.raspberrypi.org port 80: Operation timed out
.. to cut a long story short, I found the “imager.dmg” app just kills the internet access on my Macbook.
I keep my windoze PCs airgapped. the only other option I have is my Raspberry Pi 4 running Raspbarian on a 16G micro SD card. I want to upgrade to a 32G card.
This app is supposed to make it easy.

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My 32GB Samsung EVO micro-SDHC UHS-1 Card cannot be read with my Mac now after failing to be formatted with the Raspberry Pi Imager.

Reply to Ryan

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Download the Lumix “Gparted” application on your Raspberry Pi (with the Raspbian OS on another micro SD card) and reformat your micro SD card. Then download the Raspbian image on your Mac and use Etcher to copy Raspbian on your original micro SD card.

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I have tested this application with 3 different SD cards and in all cases it fails. Moreover after retrying the procedure the SD card become unusable and my Windows 7 computer can not longer read it, it looks like that thy have been damaged by the tool.

I have used 1 32GB and 2 64GB and in all cases the 3 SD cards are broken due to the tool.

Have you experienced this problem?
Any workarround recover my damaged SD cards ?

Thanks,
Antonio

Reply to Antonio Toscano

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The best place to follow up on this is on the github issues list

Reply to Gordon Hollingworth

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@Antonio: hope this helps. You can contact maxnet on the specifics to resolve the issue on your windows machine. https://github.com/raspberrypi/imagewriter/issues/28

Ryan

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“Verifying write failed. Contents of SD card is different then what was written to it.”

2018-11-13-raspbian-stretch-lite.img – from local HD to 8GB SDHC Card.

Windows 10 Pro 64bit

Tried Twice. Failed Twice.

Reply to DaHai

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This issue has been fixed and released, please download again

Reply to Gordon Hollingworth

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Updated with new download just now – but without any version information, its impossible to tell what I have.
However, it did work ‘better’.
It verified OK, but when it auto ejected, Drive F still shows up in Windows Explorer even though I removed the SD Card as well.
If I reinsert the SD Card and Manually Eject through Windows System Tray, both F and G drives go away as they should.
Looks like it still needs more fixing before its ready for general use – and VERSIONING (seriously, any software released without visible version information is embarrassing)

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Standard Windows 10 Pro 64bit install with built-in SD Card reader: ASUS ROG Strix
Local File: 2019-07-10-raspbian-buster-lite.img
SD Card: 8GB SDHC in Drive F:

Results:
Win32 Disk Imager:
Write time: 6:18 – Sucessful
Drive F has boot partition. Drive G: is standard format not known to Windows.

Raspberry Pi Imager: Write time: 8:14 – “Verify write failed. Contents of SD Card is different then[sic] what was written to it”
Drive F: “Please insert a Disk into Boot F:\”
No Drive G:
Ejected Drive F: from Windows System Tray, but it does not go away from Windows Explorer.
SDHC Card is completely unusable. Had to Reboot Windows to clear Drive F from Windows Explorer and access SDHC Card again and then reformat with SDFormatter.

So Raspberry Pi Imager is not usable on my PC.

Reply to DaHai

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This issue has now been fixed, please try again (reinstall from the downloads)

Reply to Gordon Hollingworth

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I tried flashing multiple cards of different types using the new tool. I did the ssh addition and the wpa_supplicant.conf

It says the default password “raspberry” is not recognized

Reply to CJ Lowe

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Yes I am also trying a headless setup like @CW Lowe and would like to find out if this is possible using the tool

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@ CJ Lowe*

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Where is the cached image stored?

Reply to tinker2much

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The image is stored in “/home/pi/.cache/Raspberry Pi/Imager/” on my Raspberry Pi 4B with Raspbian Buster.
ls -l /home/pi/.cache/Raspberry\ Pi/Imager/

Reply to Mikael Bonnier

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Is there a way to disable the verify process?
During a CoderDojo session I sometimes need to reimage up to 5 SD-cards. This takes a lot of valueable time, so if i can save out the verify it would be a lot faster.

Reply to Koen Wouters

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Just hit “Cancel Verify” and it’ll skip the stage

Reply to Gordon Hollingworth

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Just in time! I just got a Pi 4, and didn’t have anything installed to flash the SD card on my computer yet

Reply to Sebastian Rivera

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I look forward to an AppImage!

Reply to Esbeeb

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https://downloads.raspberrypi.org/imager/imager_amd64.AppImage

What you mean like this? :)

Actually the problem with an AppImage is the difficulty we’ll have documenting installation and use on various different OSes. So for the moment, we’re not including it on the download page…

Reply to Gordon Hollingworth

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Is there a plan to have a version for raspbian?

Reply to Pearl.852

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The software can’t find my micro SD card, so crazy.
He just give me choices of my Hard drives and usb empty storage, why by the way ???

So I can install a RPI linux on one of my computer hardrive, and it’s safer for people who are not aware about computers ?! ?! ?!

I think this software is very dangerous.

I can’t detect any of my cards, he propose me letters (L: K: things like that) that have no sd card …

I have no problems to read everything on my windows computer, but this software just can’t see the sd card i put in my card reader …

WTF ?!

Feel sad, feel strange, feel … I don’t know what to feel right now

I can’t use this software …

Reply to Rody

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Gordon,

Great that you partially recognized the need.

The real need is to have a version that will let us format AND IMAGE for Rpi OR X86 Raspian desktop.

Many of us want to wean completely from ANY windows dependence in the process. I run x86 Raspian desktop from a live USB drive, (not installed) on both my old Win7 machine at home and my older Win 7 PC at work.

This allows me to have identical files at home and work and also to access the numerous Win7 files on the older drives.

With the recent price reductions in the 256GB micro SDXC cards, I can put a lot of my total files from both the older PC’s on my X86 Raspian drive, and then copy the files to my Rpi4/4GB. This is the way to go.

This is the biggest need long run, including for the new users, once they start working with Pi’s. Also, I am introducing students to the RPi/Raspian environment for free using the X86 Raspian. This is defintely the way to go in the future, especially for students and schools that can not afford to invest even in new RPi4/4GB computers! Can just run the X86 Raspian desktop without even installing it!

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WARNING – I just download and installed this on Ubuntu 18.04 LTS Desktop, when I tried to flash the SD, it correctly identified the 16GB card, but wrote the image to my PRIMARY hard drive, rendering the desktop inoperable, and not touching the SD card.

Thankfully this was a test desktop. When I went to rebuild the desktop, the Ubuntu installed asked if I wanted to install side by side with Rasberian OS.

This was a physical machine, not a virtual machine.

Reply to Tim Purves

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Very cool app! It would also be nice if you could add the possibility to make a bootable usb-stick with this app.

Reply to Jens

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Can you confirm that rpi-imager does on the fly decompression as appears to be the case? To me the ability to go directly from internet to sd card even with compressed images is a major improvement, especially as images get larger. Last I used them, none of etcher, Win32 Disk Imager, or dotNet Disk Imager could do this.

Also the ability to invoke rpi-imager with a custom url pointing to a json file of images is a great feature.

I think this is the new gold standard.

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failure on “write error” when I select custom to downloaded image file.
but etcher can write successfully.

Reply to cwall

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hi
thanks for this great tools
could you please to know the location of image save on my hard drive in windows version .

Reply to mohammad hassan

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Nice and (too) simple. Works OK. It is simple. But, as it is often the case, when one needs to flash the SD again sun after the first time, the program goes and downloads the OS image again. Time consuming! Program should store the downloaded image an reuse it unless there is newer image available to download. In the later case it should offer choice between the already downloaded or the new one.

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Used this to create a new install of NOOBS but without 100% success. During initial setup on RPi it failed to find my wifi network. I tried to setup wifi later using raspi-config and got “Could not communicate with wpa-supplicant”.
Also, during setup it asked for my location but it still gave me a US keyboard and an incorrect time zone.

Reply to Andrew Baker

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I have tried 6 different OS’s before finding a reference to 2018-06-27-raspbian-stretch-lite.img which does not give the WiFi error and it worked!
Interestingly the imaging software wrote 240% of the image file, according to the installer.

Reply to Andrew Baker

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I think the cache should not be downloaded if you have very little space left. After the cache was downloaded I had only 4 MB left. It might be difficult to reboot after that. I didn’t have to reboot because I started to use the new image instead, but others might have that problem.

Another improvement would be if you could see estimated time left. It would also be good if an alarm sounded when it finished.

Reply to Mikael Bonnier

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For those who are still stuck with windoze 10 on a PoC (Piece of C…) a simple check box on the imager UI to automatically reformat the card (or not, if unchecked) using the industry standard SD Card formatter (i’m on version 5.0.1)
(https://www.sdcard.org/downloads/formatter/)
would be nice. That way we’d know we were getting a fresh start on old/used (or is that previously owned) cards.

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