correctly and the microSD was set up properly, you
should see a red LED light turn on the Pi, as well as a
blinking green LED. Note that the Raspberry Pi 3 does not
have a power switch, so plugging in the power supply
automatically turns it on.
A quick tidbit about the LED lights. The red light is
associated with the power supply. It should be on and
steady when you’re using your Pi. This is in contrast to the
green LED, which will blink intermittently as it signals
whenever your Pi is accessing the SD card.
A multi-color screen should appear on your monitor
(Figure 7), followed by some text at the top of the screen.
Once an installation window appears, you’ll have the
option to install Raspbian.
You also have the option to connect to your local Wi-Fi network at this point if you wish. To do so, click on “
Wi-Fi networks (w),” select your network, and enter your
To install Raspbian, simply check the box next to
“Raspbian [RECOMMENDED]” and click Install (i) (Figure
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FIGURE 7. Multi-color screen when you boot up your Pi.
SD Formatting Tool
A video guide for setting up the Pi
A video guide for installing NOOBS
VNC Viewer from RealVNC
Pu TTY Installation
Additional Content (includes SSH for other OS devices)
For more details on VNC
For more details on SSH as well as using
other OS devices
Getting Started with the Pi Camera
Another video tutorial for taking a picture
with the Pi camera
This program can be freely downloaded from our
Another video tutorial on using the pushbutton
Another tutorial on setting up the pushbutton
A solid resource to begin learning Python
Raspberry Pi documentation about the terminal
and its usage
A more comprehensive list of terminal commands
Pi 3 GPIO layout from "Building the Web of Things" (1) by
Dominique Guinard and Vlad Trifa ( 2) is licensed under
CC by 4.0 ( 3).
( 2) https://webofthings.org/team
( 3) https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/legalcode