Your Raspberry Pi needs an operating system to work. This is it. Raspberry Pi OS (previously called Raspbian) is our official supported operating system.

Raspberry Pi OS is a free operating system based on Debian, optimized for the Raspberry Pi hardware, and is the recommended operating system for normal use on a Raspberry Pi. The OS comes with over 35,000 packages: pre-compiled software bundled in a nice format for easy installation on your Raspberry Pi.

Raspberry Pi OS is under active development, with an emphasis on improving the stability and performance of as many Debian packages as possible on Raspberry Pi.

Install Raspberry Pi OS using Raspberry Pi Imager

Raspberry Pi Imager is the quick and easy way to install Raspberry Pi OS and other operating systems to a microSD card, ready to use with your Raspberry Pi. Watch our 45-second video to learn how to install an operating system using Raspberry Pi Imager.

Download and install Raspberry Pi Imager to a computer with an SD card reader. Put the SD card you'll use with your Raspberry Pi into the reader and run Raspberry Pi Imager.

All features for the Raspberry Pi OS can be found here and the installation instructions can be found here.

What's New

  • 64-bit Mathematica added to rp-prefapps
  • Bug fix - occasional segfault in CPU temperature plugin
  • Bug fix - X server crash when changing screen orientation
  • Bug fix - X server DPMS not working
  • Mathematica updated to 13.2.1
  • Matlab updated to 23.1.0
  • Chromium updated to 113.0.5672.59
  • Raspberry Pi Imager updated to 1.7.4
  • RealVNC server updated to
  • RealVNC viewer updated to
  • Updated VLC HW acceleration patch
  • libcamera
    • Add generalised statistics handling.
    • Fix overflow that would cause incorrect calculations in the AGC algorithm.
    • Improve IMX296 sensor tuning.
  • libcamera-apps
    • Improve handling of audio resampling and encoding using libav
    • Improve performance of QT preview window rendering
    • Add support for 16-bit Bayer in the DNG writer
    • Fix for encoder lockup when framerate is set to 0
    • Improved thumbnail rendering
  • picamera2
    • MJPEG server example that uses the hardware MJPEG encoder.
    • Example showing preview from two cameras in a single Qt app.
    • H264 encoder accepts frame time interval for SPS headers.
    • H264 encoder should advertise correct profile/level.
    • H264 encoder supports constant quality parameter.
    • Exif DateTime and DateTimeOriginal tags are now added.
    • Various bug fixes (check Picamera2 release notes for more details).
  • Some translations added
  • Raspberry Pi firmware 055e044d5359ded1aacc5a17a8e35365373d0b8b
  • Linux kernel 6.1.21