How to set up a Raspberry Pi for the first time

So you just got a new Raspberry Pi, maybe even the Raspberry Pi 4 or Raspberry Pi 400, and took it out of the box. Now what? There are a million things you can do with your mini computer, from using it as a web server to turning it into a retro arcade, but you need to set up the Raspberry Pi first. Note that if it’s a Raspberry Pi Pico microcontroller, the setup process is completely different, so check out our article on setting up the Raspberry Pi Pico.

If you bought your Pi as part of a kit, you probably have everything you need in the box, but if you only have the board, you’ll need the following:

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