A guide to setting up your Raspberry Pi
What you will need
Essential (for general use)
- SD card
- Display and connectivity cable
- Any HDMI/DVI monitor or TV should work as a display for the Pi. For best results, use a display with HDMI input; other types of connection for older devices are also available.
- Keyboard and mouse
- Any standard USB keyboard and mouse will work with your Raspberry Pi.
- Wireless keyboards and mice will work if already paired.
- For keyboard layout configuration options see raspi-config.
- Power supply
- The Pi is powered by a USB Micro power supply (like most standard mobile phone chargers).
- You need a good-quality power supply that can supply at least 2A at 5V for the Model 3B and 3B+, or 700mA at 5V for the earlier, lower-powered Pi models. We recommend the official Raspberry Pi power supply, which is designed specifically for all Raspberry Pi models.
- Low current (~700mA) power supplies will work for basic usage, but are likely to cause the Pi to reboot if it draws too much power.
- Ethernet (network) cable [Model B/B+/2B/3B/3B+ only]
- An Ethernet cable is used to connect your Pi to a local network and the internet.
- USB wireless dongle
- Only required if you need wireless connectivity and are using an older model without built-in wireless functionality.
- Audio lead
- Audio can be played through speakers or headphones using a standard 3.5mm jack.
- Without an HDMI cable, an audio lead is necessary to produce sound.
- No separate audio lead is necessary if you're using an HDMI cable to connect to a monitor with speakers, as audio can be played directly through the display; but it is possible to connect one if you prefer to have the audio played through other speakers - this requires configuration.
For any issues during setup, search the forums for a solution. If you cannot find one, please post your problem, providing as much detail as possible.