How to Install any Required OS on SD card for Raspberry Pi

In this blog, we will be installing any official OS for any model of Raspberry Pi on a SD card.

In this tutorial, we will get to learn about installing any official OS for any model of Raspberry Pi- 

The officially available OS for Raspberry Pi as on the Official Website

  • Ubuntu MATE
  • Snappy Ubuntu Core
  • Windows 10 IoT Core
  • OSMC ( Open Source Media Centre )
  • LibreELEC ( Just enough OS for KODI )
  • PiNet

We’ll be installing LibreELEC on our Raspberry Pi in this tutorial.

Hardware Required 

  • Raspberry Pi Board ( any )
  • Class 10 MicroSD Card with its adapter to insert it in Laptop ( 16 GB )
  • Power supply to power the Raspberry Pi
  • Display with HDMI support
  • HDMI to HDMI cable
  • USB mouse and Keyboard.

 There are 2 methods to Install the LibreELEC on SD Card –                                                                                                                                                                         

  • First, use the LibreELEC installation media.
  • Second, use the Image file and write it to the disc using Win32 disc Imager. This can be used with any operating system.

Make sure the SD card is formatted. Downloading the Image for Required OS – Visit the Official Download page of raspberry pi and choose the OS to be Downloaded 

Method  1 – 

Step 1 – Downloading the Required Installation Media 

  • We’ll now continue with the installation of LibreELEC OS. The steps for installing other operating systems are also the same
  • When you select the required OS, you will be taken to LibreELEC’s official development website. Now go to the website’s downloads section, or go straight to this link: new/.
  • You can get the installation disc needed to boot the SD card with the LibreELEC OS there. For Windows, go to the Windows link, and for Linux and MacOS, go to the appropriate URLs. We’ll be working with windows.

  • “LibreELEC.USB-SD.Creator.Win32.exe” will be downloaded as the setup file. Install the file as an administrator and run it.
  • Now the installation media will appear as follows:

Step 2 – Downloading and Burning Image file for the OS on SD Card

  • Now Select the appropriate file and download it in the Required folder
  • Check to see if the SD card has been formatted.
  • Select the SD card slot and press the write button after the download is complete. Writing the OS to your SD Card will take a few minutes, depending on your system.
  • After you’ve finished, eject the SD card and insert it into your Raspberry Pi.


Step 1 – Downloading the Image for the appropriate board

  • Visit the Official Download page of LibreELEC ( Link – ), scroll down, and choose the appropriate board. In our case, it’s Raspberry Pi 3 B+.
  • Download the compressed image file with extention .gz name “LibreELEC-RPi2.arm-9.0.0.img”.
  • After downloading, use WnZip to extract the.img file from the.gz file.
  • The extracted file will be titled “LibreELEC-RPi2.arm-9.0.0” and will be roughly 549 MB in size.

Step 2 – Burning the Image file on an SD card

  • Here’s where you can get the Win32 Disk Imager software (for Windows only): Any image file can be written to a USB stick or SD card using this method.
  • Install and open the Win32 disc Imager software when it has been downloaded.
  • Select the image file from the folder icon, as well as the drive to which it will be written, and then click write as seen below.
  • A dialogue box will appear to confirm you. Click on Ok and proceed.
  • Writing will be completed in a few minutes depending on your system. Now safely eject your SD card and insert it into the Pi. Power it on and boot it up.

Method 2 is the most basic and easiest method to write any OS to SD card. You only need the OS’s disc image file and Win32 Disk Imager to write it to the SD card. Yes, it is as straightforward as it appears.

Conclusion:I hope all of you are clear about installing any official OS for any model of Raspberry Pi on a SD card. We MATHA ELECTRONICS will be back soon with more interesting topics.

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