I have to install Raspbian Stretch Lite but I don't have a monitor, only a MacBook Pro, so do you guys think I can connect Raspberry Pi to my laptop and do the installation?

Would I be able to use remote desktop or VNC right from my Mac in order to install Raspbian Stretch?

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Check out "Headless Installation"

==== Get Raspbian (or lite) — Download Raspbian (Raspbian Lite) http://www.raspberrypi.org/downloads/

=== get SD card formatter: https://etcher.io - install it

=== put Raspbian-lite on the (micro) SD card

Use Etcher to Flash the image onto card

=== Mount the card to mac (to configure headless configuration) - Pull card out, reinsert so it is mounted for next steps

=== Enable SSH - create file called "ssh" (or ssh.txt) in the Boot partition

=== Setup WiFi Headless

  • create the file wpa_supplicant.conf in the boot partition (quote chars must be straight up/down, traditional, not slanted/matched Unicode chars

country=US ctrl_interface=DIR=/var/run/wpa_supplicant GROUP=netdev update_config=1

network={ ssid="your_ssid"
psk="your_pw" key_mgmt=WPA-PSK }

Eject the card, boot with card in the RPi3

use arp -a on mac to see what IP the pi got or check your router config

ssh to the pi.

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