Powering Up: How to Turn on Your Raspberry Pi

First time Raspberry Pi users may encounter a slight learning curve when it comes to managing the basics of their new device. A Raspberry Pi is physically quite different from the desktops and laptops that most users are used to, so you may find yourself wondering things like how to power on a Raspberry Pi. In this tutorial, we will explain how to power on a Raspberry Pi device, as well as how to shut it down, and things that new users should do when they load into Raspberry Pi for the first time.

In this tutorial you will learn:

  • How to turn on a Raspberry Pi
  • How to shut down a Raspberry Pi
Powering Up: How to Turn on Your Raspberry Pi
Powering Up: How to Turn on Your Raspberry Pi
Software Requirements and Linux Command Line Conventions
Category Requirements, Conventions or Software Version Used
System Raspberry Pi
Software N/A
Other Privileged access to your Linux system as root or via the sudo command.
Conventions # – requires given linux commands to be executed with root privileges either directly as a root user or by use of sudo command
$ – requires given linux commands to be executed as a regular non-privileged user

How to turn on a Raspberry Pi




Regardless of which Raspberry Pi model you have, there will be no power button on the device. In order to power it on your Raspberry Pi, you just need to connect the power cable.

Once the power cable is connected, the device will instantly power on. Of course, you will want to make sure that your micro SD card is inserted into the Raspberry Pi before attempting to power on the device and that you have already installed Raspberry Pi OS on the card. Ideally, you will also want to connect your other peripherals first, if you have any, such as a mouse, keyboard, monitor, and ethernet cable. This way, everything will be working as intended by the time the device is finished booting up and loads into the desktop.

Once the device is finished booting up for the first time, you can proceed to check the OS version, update your Raspberry Pi, connect to a WiFi network, and enable SSH on the Raspberry Pi, if you desire.

How to shut down a Raspberry Pi

The Raspberry Pi can be shut down the same way as any traditional Linux system (whether it be a desktop, laptop, etc.), via the shutdown or poweroff commands.

$ poweroff

See our tutorial: Linux shutdown commands explained



WARNING
The only way to turn the device off apart from executing the commands mentioned or through the GUI menus would be manually disconnecting the power from the Raspberry Pi. This is not advisable as it could lead to an unstable operating system or cause certain programs to glitch out because they did not get the chance to shut down gracefully. Whenever possible, go through the traditional shutdown route.

Closing Thoughts

In this tutorial, we saw how to turn on a Raspberry Pi. We also learned about first steps to take when booting into the Raspberry Pi, and how to shut down the device for later. Although these are such rudimentary tasks, those that have not worked with micro sized devices may not know how to perform such simple steps at first.



Comments and Discussions
Linux Forum