[Rapberry Pi] How to install Ubuntu Desktop on Raspberry Pi
In this article, I will explain how to install the Ubuntu Desktop into a Raspberry Pi 4. This can be done easily using a tool called “Raspberry Pi Imager”. I’ll walk through the process of the installation, so you’ll be able to install the Ubuntu Desktop on your Raspberry Pi when you follow this article.
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Before I go on to the installation, let me write about the requirement for the installation process. If you want to install the Ubuntu Desktop on your Raspberry Pi device, you’ll need to have the items below.
- Raspberry Pi 4 with 4 or 8GB Ram
- Micro SD card to install the OS image (at least 9GB, 16GB and more is recommended)
- SD card reader to connect the SD card and PC
- PC (Mac, Windows, or Linux)
- Keyboard, mouse, monitor, and anything else you need to use a Raspberry Pi
Note that you’ll need to have a Raspberry Pi 4 with 4 or 8GB Ram. The Ubuntu Desktop will not run on a 1 or 2 GB Ram device. Be sure to have all of the things listed above before the installation. Are you ready? Now let’s see how to do the installation.
Step1: Install Raspberry Pi Imager
To install the Ubuntu Desktop OS on a Raspberry Pi 4, we’ll use the tool “Raspberry Pi Imager” because this is the easiest and official method for now. Please visit this site and download the installer file.
In my case, I’m using a Windows machine, so I’ll choose “Download for Windows”. But choose the correct one depends on your machine’s OS.
Once you download a .exe file from the download button, open the file, and the installer launches. Click “Install”, then the installer installs Raspberry Pi Imager.
Once the installation finishes, click “Finish”, and the Raspberry Pi Imager will launch automatically.
Step2: Install the Ubuntu Desktop OS image on the SD card
When you finish step1, the Raspberry Pi Imager launches and you’ll see an window as below.
It’s quite easy to install the OS image on the SD card using this software. Make sure that the SD card is recognized by the PC, and click the “CHOOSE OS” on the left side.
Then, choose “Other general purpose OS”.
Choose “Ubuntu Desktop xxxx”. (The version can be different when you try)
Next, choose the “CHOOSE STORAGE” at the center.
Choose the SD card that you want to install Ubuntu Desktop on. Because the Raspberry Pi Imager will delete all of the data in the SD card and install the disk image, please be sure to choose the correct one. I strongly recommend making a backup before you move on to the installation.
When you are ready, click the “WRITE” button, and the image file will be written to the SD card. This process will take a while, in my case, it took about 40 minutes.
Step3: Boot your Raspberry Pi
Now the SD card is ready, so let’s boot the Raspberry Pi. Eject the SD card from your PC and insert it into the Raspberry Pi.
Then attache the mouse, keyboard, monitor, etc to the Raspberry Pi. In my case, it looked like the image below.
Now, turn on the Raspberry Pi, and it will begin to boot. After a while, you’ll see a ubuntu screen like below.
Step4: Ubuntu initial settings
The installation is almost done! Only the initial settings are left, and it won’t take so long. First, choose the language and click “Continue”.
Next, choose the type of the keyboard, then click “Continue”.
Next, set up the Wi-Fi and click “Continue”.
Next, choose the timezone of your place.
Next, set up your username, password, etc. Once you click “Continue”, the installation begins.
The installation takes a while, so be patient, you’re almost done!
Once the installation is done, you’ll see the screen below.
Congratulations! Now the installation is completed, and you can start Ubuntu Desktop!
- Using “Raspberry Pi Imager”, we can easily install OS images.
- Ubuntu Desktop will run only with a Raspberry Pi 4 with 4 or 8GB Ram.
- It took around 1h to do the whole process in my case.