NOOBS

New Out Of Box Software (NOOBS) is an easy operating system installation manager for the Raspberry Pi.

NOOBS OS selection

How to get NOOBS

Buy a pre-installed SD card

SD cards with NOOBS preinstalled are available from many of our distributors and independent retailers, including Pimoroni, Adafruit, and Pi Hut.

Download

Alternatively, NOOBS is available for download on the Raspberry Pi website: raspberrypi.org/downloads

How to install NOOBS on an SD card

Once you've downloaded the NOOBS zip file, you'll need to copy the contents to a formatted SD card on your computer.

To set up a blank SD card with NOOBS:

  • Format an SD card which is 4GB or larger as FAT. See the instructions given below.
  • Download and extract the files from the NOOBS zip file.
  • Copy the extracted files onto the SD card that you just formatted, so that this file is at the root directory of the SD card. Please note that in some cases it may extract the files into a folder; if this is the case, then please copy across the files from inside the folder rather than the folder itself.
  • On first boot, the "RECOVERY" FAT partition will be automatically resized to a minimum, and a list of OSes that are available to install will be displayed.

How to format an SD card as FAT

Note: If you're formatting an SD (or micro SD) card that has a capacity over 32GB (i.e. 64GB and above), then see the separate SDXC formatting instructions.

Windows

For Windows users we recommend formatting your SD card using the SD Association's Formatting Tool, which can be downloaded from sdcard.org. You will need to set "FORMAT SIZE ADJUSTMENT" option to "ON" in the "Options" menu to ensure that the entire SD card volume is formatted, and not just a single partition.

Mac OS

The SD Association's Formatting Tool is also available for Mac users, although the default OS X Disk Utility is also capable of formatting the entire disk. To do this, select the SD card volume and choose Erase with MS-DOS format.

Linux

For Linux users we recommend gparted (or the command line version parted). Norman Dunbar has written up instructions for Linux users.

What's included in NOOBS

The following operating systems are currently included in NOOBS:

As of NOOBS v1.3.10 (September 2014), only Raspbian is installed by default in NOOBS. The others can be installed with a network connection.

NOOBS and NOOBS Lite

NOOBS is available in two forms: offline and network install, or network install only.

The full version has Raspbian included, so it can be installed from the SD card while offline, whereas using NOOBS Lite or installing any other operating system requires an internet connection.

Note that the operating system image on the full version can be outdated if a new version of the OS is released, but if connected to the internet you will be shown the option of downloading the latest version if there is a newer one available.

NOOBS development

Latest NOOBS release

The latest NOOBS release is v1.9.2, released on 31st May 2016.

(From NOOBS v1.4.0 onwards, NOOBS Lite only shares the first two digits of the version number, i.e. v1.4)

NOOBS documentation

More comprehensive documentation, including more advanced configuration of NOOBS, is available on GitHub.

NOOBS source code

See the NOOBS source code on GitHub.