How to install the pi-top POLARIS Operating System onto your microSD card.
Here’s what you’ll need:
- MicroSD card
- A computer with microSD card slot, or an adapter to connect microSD to your computer (e.g. SD or USB adapter)
Step 1 – Download POLARIS to your computer
Step 2 – Insert the microSD card that you want to write to into your laptop or PC.
Hint: all of our microSD cards ship with an SD card adapter, and you will likely need to use this (or a microSD-to-USB adapter) to connect to your computer.
Let’s get started!
It works the same on Windows, Linux and OS X (trust us – we’ve tried!) and is incredibly easy – with only 3 steps!
- Select the zip file that you just downloaded. You could extract the image onto your hard drive first, but Etcher is clever and extracts the file whilst it writes, so why bother?
- Select the SD card from the list. If there are multiple drives that are available, make sure that the drive you select is the correct size, to prevent writing to the wrong drive. If you are not sure which drive to write to, then remove all other drives until only the SD card is in the list.
- Click ‘Flash’!
That’s it! Etcher will install pi-topOS for you (AND it also verifies that it was 100% correctly written). Then all you need to do is plug the microSD card into your Raspberry Pi, and switch on the device.
And once you’ve installed pi-topOS you can start making and coding. And if you’re short of inspiration we’re here to help.