Initial Raspbian Setup on Raspberry Pi 4: A Step-by-Step Guide

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The initial Raspbian setup is the crucial first step to start using your Raspberry Pi 4. In this guide, we’ll explore the initial setup process in detail, covering key elements such as language, keyboard, and password. Following these steps will allow you to prepare your board for a variety of projects and uses.

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Initial Configuration Procedure

Step 1: Hardware Connection:
Before you begin, make sure you have correctly connected all hardware components to your Raspberry Pi 4. These include the microSD card with Raspbian installed, power supply, monitor, keyboard, and mouse.

Step 2: Startup and Login:
Power on the Raspberry Pi 4. After the boot process, you will be asked to log in. Use the default username “pi” and default password “raspberry”.

Username: pi
Password: raspberry

Step 3: Setting up the Raspberry Pi Software Configuration Tool:
Once logged in, type the following command to access the Raspbian configuration tool:

sudo raspi-config

This command will open a graphical interface that makes it easy to set up your Raspberry Pi.

Step 4: Language and Country Setup:

Select the “1 Change Locale” option to set your language and country.

Choose your preferred language and country from the list and confirm.

Step 5: Keyboard Setup:

Select the “2 Change Keyboard Layout” option to configure the keyboard.

Select the appropriate keyboard layout for your region.

Step 6: Changing User Password:

Select the “1 Change User Password” option to change the password of the “pi” user.

Follow the onscreen instructions to enter and confirm your new password.

Step 7: Network Setup (Optional):

Select the “2 Network Options” option to configure the network connection.

You can set up a Wi-Fi connection or configure the Ethernet interface.

Step 8: Other Configurations (Optional):
Explore other options in the Raspberry Pi Software Configuration Tool for additional configurations, such as file system expansion, overclocking, etc.

Step 9: Restarting the Raspberry Pi:
After completing the desired configurations, select the “Finish” option and confirm to restart the system.


Compliments! You’ve just completed the initial setup of Raspbian on Raspberry Pi 4. This procedure provides a solid foundation to start exploring projects and applications on this powerful board. In the next article, we’ll explore practical projects you can make with your Raspberry Pi 4.

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