I followed the instructions on how to enable SSH and get my Rasberry Pi connected to my network. I do see the device on the network and when SSH into it I do get the screen to validate the authentication key as I would expect. When I try to login as user pi with raspberry as the password I just get an error stating that the username or password is incorrect. I've also tried with a blank password with no luck.

Is there a different login for Raspberry Pi OS lite?

I can go through the install with a regular version but I'm trying to keep this headless to stay as lightweight as possible.

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    What OS? There's a new scheme with RaspiOS 22-04-04 that doesn't add the default user=pi password=raspberry to a new install.
    – Dougie
    Commented Apr 21, 2022 at 18:43

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If this is a new install the Pi will have whatever user/password you created it with.


Did you read the detail in the link - this explains "For people who run their Raspberry Pi headless and therefore cannot work through the wizard, the Raspberry Pi Imager tool allows you to preconfigure an image with a user account"

  • This works with the full version but not with the Lite OS. You don't get a wizard to create the SSH user. However I wasn't using Raspberry Pi Imager. I was using ballenaEtcher based on a tutorial I was following. Looks like with Raspberry Pi Imager you can go into advanced options. Commented Apr 21, 2022 at 5:42
  • If you choose NOT to use the recommended tool you need a screen/keyboard. ANY earlier tutorial won't apply to the latest image - which works like most Linux installs. Having said that it also explains how to setup without the imager (using userconf), although this is clumsy.
    – Milliways
    Commented Apr 21, 2022 at 6:03
  • just tried full version and it doesn't work. Have to use the Imager tool.
    – fkpwolf
    Commented Jul 10, 2022 at 6:39

I had to use the Raspberry Pi Imager and select the Lite OS (I was using ballenaEtcher). Once I choose my storage I was able to go into the advanced options by pressing Ctrl + Shift + X to bring up the Advanced options menu before I started the write. In the advanced option I was able to create the SSH user and password as well as set my WiFi credentials.

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