1

I'd like to "install" a programm on the Pis SD card before I instert it into the Pi and ideally configure it to run after boot.

When I insert the SD card into my PC, all I can see is the boot folder, I don't know where to put my files.

Basically, what I want to do is prepare a SD card with Raspbian and my own program configured to start on boot before it has ever been in the Pi.

Is this possible? If so, how?

0

It is possible to easily change Raspbian by modifying the boot sector (e.g. including ssh etc).

To perform more complex actions (such as adding programs) is possible, but requires a Linux computer and involves quite a few steps.

It is questionable whether this is worthwhile for a one-off installation, but is effective to make a custom image for use by others.

The excellent tutorial explains one method in detail.

NOTE This does NOT allow the installation of software (but you can modify configuration files etc.) - the techniques to allow this effectively require building a new image.

  • Thank you :) Well yes, I was hoping I could simply put a SD card with my own program installed into the Raspberry Pi and boot it up. Since I don't have another linux around and installing a VM just do to this would be overkill I will just install it traditionally (boot up, copy files, etc...). But thanks a lot for your answer :) – Stefan Mar 22 at 7:28
  • The link is dead. – jake Mar 22 at 15:18

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service, privacy policy and cookie policy

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.