[Wiki] Install on Raspberry Pi using Linux command line

  • download an image from the “Disk images” section of the download page
  • find and uncompress the image:
    gunzip ~/Downloads/OSMC_TGT_rbp2_20160502.img.gz
    (use the path of the image you downloaded)
  • check the list of mounted devices:
    df -h
  • insert your SD card
  • check the list of mounted devices again:
    df -h
  • note the filesystem path of the SD card which appeared in the list, e.g. /dev/sdd1
  • unmount the filesystem:
    sudo umount /dev/sdd1
    (use path from the list)
  • repeat for any extra partitions on the SD card, e.g. sudo umount /dev/sdd5
  • copy the image onto the SD card:
    sudo dd bs=4M if=~/Downloads/OSMC_TGT_rbp2_20160502.img of=/dev/sdd
  • IMPORTANT: this destroys all data on the device. Make sure you type the correct device path for your SD card. Otherwise you might wipe your hard disk or SDD drive.
  • make sure the SD card is ready to be removed:
  • remove the SD card, insert it in your Raspberry Pi and power up

See the Installing Operating System Images on Linux page on the Raspberry Pi website for more details.

Why not use the official Linux installer?

I’m using my work laptop and I didn’t want to install anything extra on it. Some people might also have an unsupported distribution, in which case a zero-install option is good to have.

There is no requirement to install the installer, it can run as a binary in situ.

I will make this clearer in future.