By the way, this is a mirage of a blog and we’re not really here today; this is one we made earlier to make sure you know how to get started with your new Raspberry Pi Christmas presents. In real life, we are watching people cook lots of things that we will put in our faces soon. See you in January!
Here you will find lots of links to help you get started with your new Raspberry Pi, as well as ideas for what you can do with it.
Let’s start from the very beginning
We like new starters around here because one of our main goals is to make computing accessible for everyone. And while our tiny, affordable computers work just like the bigger, more expensive ones, Raspberry Pi doesn’t look like a traditional desktop PC, so figuring out how to turn it on can put some beginners off.
Raspberry Pi 400 is different
If you opened a bigger box like the one in the picture below, Santa has got you a Raspberry Pi 400 Personal Computer Kit, and all you have to do is find a monitor (or a TV), plug in, and you’re ready to go.
Other bits you might need
If your Raspberry Pi didn’t come as part of a kit, you’ll need a mouse and a good power supply as well as a screen, and a keyboard too. You’ll also need adapters or cables for the mini HDMI and micro USB ports on Raspberry Pi Zero 2, or the micro HDMI port on Raspberry Pi 4 and 400. You might have some of these bits and pieces lying around, but if you’re missing anything, good quality Raspberry Pi power supplies and cables are available from Raspberry Pi Approved Resellers.
We recommend taking care with your choice of power supply in particular; if you pick up a power supply for another device that happens to be lying around, you might find that it doesn’t give sufficient reliable power for your new Raspberry Pi.
If you’re not sure which cables or other bits you need, the product page for your particular Raspberry Pi will tell you what is compatible. Just visit this page and scroll until you see a photo that looks like the device you’ve just unwrapped.
If you don’t already have a microSD card for your Raspberry Pi, you’ll need to get hold of one of those too. Get one from a retailer you trust; cheap SD cards from online marketplaces are often too good to be true. Raspberry Pi Approved Resellers stock good-quality SD cards, and they also sell cards with our operating system, Raspberry Pi OS, pre-installed to make things even simpler.
It’s also straightforward to install your operating system yourself using Raspberry Pi Imager — the tutorial we mentioned a few paragraphs ago walks you through it. You’ll need to connect your SD card to a laptop or desktop computer to do this, so if yours doesn’t have an SD card slot, you’ll need an SD card adapter; they’re low-cost and widely available online.
I need a bit more help than this blog post
If you didn’t already get one as part of a kit, you might find it helpful to get your hands on the official Raspberry Pi Beginner’s Guide; you can get it from the Raspberry Pi Press online store, but if you can’t wait to get started, just download this free PDF version.
The guide is available in a few different languages and will show you how to set up your Raspberry Pi and install the operating system. It also features step-by-step guides to get you coding using the Scratch and Python programming languages, as well as ideas for other components you can connect to make specific projects.
If you’d prefer to follow along with an online course rather than a book, you can try the Raspberry Pi Foundation’s free online course “Getting Started with Your Raspberry Pi”.
Show off your Christmas gifts!
Extra points if your photos also include festively-attired pets. Seasonal attire and pets are our favourites.