Installing Any Required OS on SD card for Raspberryi Pi

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 Official Website

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

In this, we will be installing LibreELEC in our Raspberry Pi

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 Rapberry 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, using the LibreELEC Installation media                                                                                                                                                                                          – Second, using the Image file and writing it on Disk using Win32 disk Imager. This can be used for any OS. Click here to jump to Method 2

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 –

Metho 1

Step 1 – Downloading the Required Installation Media 

  • For tutorial purpose, we will now continue with the installation of LibreELEC OS. Steps involved for the installation of other OS’s are also the same



  • Click on the required OS and it will redirect you to the official developer page of the LibreELEC. Now click on the downloads section of the website or directly click here or visit the link :
  • There you will get to download the installation media required to boot the SD card with the LibreELEC OS. For windows, click on windows link and for Linux and MacOS, click on the respected links given. We will be using windows –

  • Setup file “LibreELEC.USB-SD.Creator.Win32.exe” will be downloaded. Now install  and run the file as an administrator
  • Now Installation media will open like this –

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

  • Now Select the appropriate file and Download it in Required folder

  • Make sure that the SD card is formatted
  • After download, select the SD card port and click on the write button. It will take few minutes depending upon your system to write OS on your SD Card.
  • After finishing, eject the SD card and insert it in your Raspberry Pi and boot it up.


Step 1 – Downloading the Image for the appropriate board

  • Download the compressed image file with extention .gz name “LibreELEC-RPi2.arm-9.0.0.img”.

  • After downoading extract .img from .gz file using WnZip
  • The extracted file will be a Disk Image file named “LibreELEC-RPi2.arm-9.0.0” having size of about 549 MB

Step 2 – Burning the Image file on SD card

  • Download the Win32 Disk Imager software ( for Windows only ) from here or click on the link : . This is used to write any image file to USB stick or SD card.
  • After download install the Win32 disk Imager software and open it.

Click on the folder icon and select the image file and the also select the drive on which it is to be written and click on write as shown below

  • A dialogue box will aper to confirm you. Click on Ok and proceed.
  • Writing will be completed in few mintes depending upon your system. Now safely eject your SD card and Inser 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 just need Disk image file of the OS and Win32 Disk Imager to write it on SD card. Yes, it’s really simple as it seems.

Hope that you would have liked it. For any Querry, you can leave a comment below : – )


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Abhishek Thakur, Embedded Systems Enthusiast

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