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An enhanced Operating System installer for the Raspberry Pi

PINN is a version of the NOOBS Operating System Installer for the Raspberry Pi. See the change history below for the additional features.

Documentation on how to use PINN can be found in, which includes all of the original NOOBS documentation.

The latest version of PINN-lite can be downloaded from sourceforge.

Source code is available from github

see github for full information

Quick Start

Format your SD card as FAT32

For Windows users, we recommend formatting your SD card using the SD Association's Formatting Tool, which can be downloaded from . If you are still using v4 of this tool, you will need to set the "FORMAT SIZE ADJUSTMENT" option to "ON" in the "Options" menu to ensure that the entire SD card volume is formatted - not just a single partition. However, this tool has now been upgraded to v5 where this feature is now the default and is no longer selectable. For more detailed and beginner-friendly formatting instructions, please refer to .

The SD Association's Formatting Tool is also available for Mac users. However, note that the default OSX Disk Utility is also capable of formatting the entire disk (select the SD card volume and choose "Erase" with "MS-DOS" format).

For Linux users, we recommend gparted (or the command line version parted). (Update: Norman Dunbar has written up the following formatting instructions for Linux users:

Copy the pinn files to your SD card.

  • Download from sourceforge
  • Extract the files from file onto the SD card. (Windows built-in zip features may have trouble with this file. If so, use another program such as 7zip.)

Please note that in some cases it may extract the files into a folder, if this is the case then please copy across the files from inside the folder rather than the folder itself.

Boot pinn on your PI

  • Put the PINN SD card into your Pi and boot it.
  • On first boot the "RECOVERY" FAT partition will be automatically resized to a minimum, so if you ever put your SD card back into a Windows machine it will look like a very small partition. THIS IS NORMAL.
  • PINN does not come supplied with any OSes. You must download them from the internet or provide them on a USB stick. So,....
  • Connect your Pi to the internet with an Ethernet cable (easiest)
  • Or If you prefer to use Wifi, click on the wifi button and select your SSID and password. If the wifi button is greyed out, choose another type of wifi dongle.
  • A list of OSes that are available to install will be displayed.
  • Select one or more OSes that you want and click INSTALL.

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