Questions tagged [headless]

A headless system is one that runs without a monitor (the head).

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Change the background color when the pi starts up

I have a setup with a headless Raspberrypi Zero attached to a screen and the pi user is automatically signed in so a Bash prompt is shown. The black shell background now interferes with how I want to ...
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Headless Wi-Fi setup without the RPi Imager: bootfs/wpa_supplicant.conf not supported since Bookworm

From the docs: Previous versions of Raspberry Pi OS made use of a wpa_supplicant.conf file which could be placed into the boot folder to configure wireless network settings. This is no longer ...
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can't connect to pi over USB C cable

I tried a couple different guides on how to do this: https://howchoo.com/pi/raspberry-pi-gadget-mode/ https://www.makeuseof.com/how-to-connect-raspberry-pi-to-laptop-or-pc-usb/ They differ in whether ...
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SOLVED Unable to Set Up Pi Zero W headless - tried everything

I recently purchased a Raspberry Pi Zero W and have followed numerous tutorials on how to set it up headless, all without any success. I've tried turning it into a USB ethernet gadget rather than ...
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Headless Rpi 4 reboots when changing resolution

I hope someone can help me, I've bought my first Rpi a few months ago and I haven't been able to use it at all because of this issue. Specs: Raspberry Pi 4 - 4GB OS: Raspberry Pi OS with desktop Fully ...
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How to install Ubuntu MATE without HDMI output?

I'm new to Raspberry Pi 2, I just bought a Raspberry Pi 2 1.1, I don't have a TV or monitor with HDMI input, so I have to install Ubuntu MATE without it, is there any way to use composite video? i ...
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Headless PI not booting anymore after upgrade and nordvpn install

my Pi apparently stopped working after apt upgrade and installing nordvpn app. The thing is that I see a red line at the bottom of my var/log/syslog. In practice I can't ssh anymore in it. I checked ...
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Create Pi image from wireless headless Pi for distribution - remove SSID and password

I want to create a Pi image that I can distribute to others. I have the basics down for doing this for myself, and it works. But for my own use, that fact that my WiFi SSID and password are included ...
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Looping video on startup

I have keyboard and screen connected to my raspberry pi. I want to try running a video on a loop on startup (I do not want to install desktop environment to do so). In the past I have successfully ...
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Raspberry Pi Zero WH headless setup USB keeps disconnecting/connecting

I'm new to this and sorry if this is a stupid question... I have a Raspberry Pi Zero WH and since I don't have a Mini-Hdmi cable I must setup it via USB. I've installed the Raspberry Pi OS on a SD ...
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Transfer files from one RPi to another (via network)

I have two Raspberry Pis, one a 3 running Raspbian Stretch, the other a 4 running Raspbian Bullseye, both headless. I have need to transfer files from the 3 to the 4 (always in that direction) over ...
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Screen resultion when using VNC / headless

I have a Pi model 3B. I used Raspberry Pi Imager to install the latest Bullseye onto the SD card; the installation was successful. The Pi is attached to a monitor with HDMI cable. I have VNC and SSH ...
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Prevent questions on first boot, automate setup

Some changes seem to be made in recent Raspi OS Lite versions again. So here I am again, asking for an automated solution. It's 2024 and I was asked these questions when booting the Pi for the first ...
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WPA2 Enterprise Connection Drops on Raspberry Pi 3B when Set-Up is Transitioned to Headless

After a significant amount of struggle I managed to connect my Raspberry Pi 3B to my university's WPA2 Enterprise network, UCR-SECURE, in the traditional set-up with a monitor, keyboard, and mouse; ...
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Has anyone solved Raspberry Pi Zero W SSH: `client_loop: send disconnect: broken pipe/timeout/Connection reset`

I know this has been voiced before, but the most recent I've found was in 2020 and it wasn't resolved then, so I'm signal-boosting in the hope that an answer has been discovered and just wasn't posted....
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Unreliable raspberrypi.local connection solution

I am using a Raspberry Pi Zero 2W for some development, and am having trouble with headless operation through SSH. The usual method is via "ssh [email protected]". This is on and off ...
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How to make Sonic Pi play a specific buffer after boot?

I made a theremin using the instructions on raspberrypi.org. I want to be able to use this as a real instrument i.e. I only need to power on the Pi and everything will work without using a screen and ...
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Trying to get SSH over USB to work (Raspberry pi Zero W)

I'm trying to connect to my Raspberry Pi Zero W using SSH over USB. I've seen other people do it, and I have tried multiple different tutorials over the last few days, but none of them worked. I've ...
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Tethering Pi to Computer for Internet

Good Evening, Ideas- I'm operating at work so I'm very limited to my "lab" to play around with stuff. Anyway- here's what I've got- Ubiquiti EdgeRouter 8 Raspberry Pi 4 Windows 10 Machine (with VNC, ...
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Raspberry Pi OS Bookworm, Wayland desktop + headless Pi, cannot get past first boot wizard

I probably did something wrong during initial setup, but I've hit a rather strange problem trying to set up a graphical headless RPi 4B with Raspberry Pi OS Bookworm. To set up my Pi, I downloaded ...
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Raspberry Pi Zero W booting problem

I ordered a Raspberry Pi Zero W. I have an 8 GB size SD card, I have installed the newest Raspbian on it, but it isn't booting. I tried with NOOBS and Raspbian lite too. There is no fail/success boot ...
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Determine why PI didn't connect to a WiFi

I setup my Pi to connect to wifi by entering login details for two WiFi networks in /etc/wpa_supplicant/wpa_supplicant.conf. I managed to get this to work with one wifi, but now I'm somewhere else and ...
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how to use a 32 gigabyte sd card for raspberrypi zero w?

I've been trying to ssh to a raspberry pi with a 32 gigs sd card with no progress. I've been using raspberry pi imager for a while with other 16 gigs sd's on other pi zero w with expected results. ...
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Send vlc images to the HDMI port on Pi 4

Attach a keyboard and mouse to Pi 4, log in, interface is through HDMI port. Invoke vlc on a jpeg, image also goes to the HDMI port. I want the same to happen headless. That is log in remotely via ssh,...
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How to reboot my unresponsive Pi server remotly

How, if at all possible, do I reboot my unresponsive Pi server remotely? The server is in a house, my old family home, about 450km from where I actually live. There's a couple of servers in the house ...
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"Permission denied" for Raspbian default SSH password

I'm trying to set up a Raspberry Pi Zero W as a headless device on my local network, and am performing the initial setup with a fresh copy of Raspbian Stretch I've tried installing both the latest ...
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prepare SD card for headless operation

I'm trying to prepare an SD card for a Raspberry Pi 4 B which should boot up without any interaction without any desktop i.e. shell only with network preconfigured image being used: 2022-04-04-...
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My Raspberry Pi 4b changes password by itself

I am using Raspbian Bullseye on my Raspberry Pi 4b, and in the last few days it has been changing the password by itself. I have a headless setup, so I can only connect via SSH, and sometimes, several ...
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Is it worth it to upgrade to Jessie on a headless Pi2?

I'm running Raspbian (Wheezy) on a headless Raspberry Pi 2 at home to manage a number of services for my own amusement (*listed below) and to play around in general (** below). It's pretty much only ...
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How to setup a headless Raspberry Pi for use with SSH now that adding /boot/ssh blank file is no longer enough?

In the past, adding an empty file /boot/ssh from Windows (because boot is a FAT32 partition if I remember correctly) was enough to setup a fresh RaspiOS install for a headless RPi without screen. Now ...
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Headless install via WiFi ala IoT

I have searched for a solution that is often used in configuring of IoT devices. The flow is like this: The Raspberry Pi starts Is there a WiFi config ? If yes, boot with the WiFi credentials There ...
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Cannot access Headless Raspberry pi due to wifi

So I have a long time RPi running headless and SSH works fine for like a few months now. The problem is: one day, (and I apologize in advance for having so little information) I cannot ssh into the ...
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Trying to ssh to RPi 3 model B - Connection refused

I want to use my RPi 3 completely headless with wifi using Raspbian - I don't have neither a USB keyboard nor a monitor. I modified the following two files on the ext4 partition of my SD card. The ...
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RealVNC Viewer connection refused when headless

I have a Raspberry Pi B running a fresh install of PIXEL that I'm trying to connect to headless, within my own network. When I connect with a monitor, I have no issues - I can use RealVNC viewer from ...
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Turn off raspberry pi headless mode

My raspberry pi 4 is setup to work in headless mode and its working ok but I want to turnoff headless mode and make it working normally by connecting it to monitor and keyboard. Is it possible now and ...
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First steps on troubleshooting crashes for aheadless pi?

I use a Raspberry Pi 4 8 GB as a headless server to run stuff like pihole, nextcloud, wireguard, etc Ever since I switched from booting and operating from an SD card to an external SSD drive over USB, ...
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What is wrong/what did I do wrong on boot? Raspberry Pi 4 [closed]

I just got my Pi on Christmas and I mostly use it for Discord bot hosting and now I am interested into turning it into a NAS. I followed Network Chucks video after I installed the Open Media Vault my ...
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Is there a way to Mirror the HDMI TTY Terminal over the Network (i.e. Not Desktop and Not SSH)

I'm working with unique headless PI that has USB-HID hardware attached to it. On boot, the device stays in terminal mode (does not startx). I'd like to be able to interact with the programming ...
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Raspberry Pi doesn't connect via SSh

I am quite new to the Raspberry Pi and to get used to it I wanted to start a project with it. The first step is obviously to flash an image (I am using Raspberry Pi Lite since the recommended one is ...
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Connect Raspberry Pi to MacBook air over USB ethernet adapter and use the WiFi connection on the Mac

My setup = Raspberry Pi + Keyboard + Mouse, connected to a MacBook air via a USB Ethernet adapter. On the MacBook air, internet sharing is on to allow the USB Ethernet device use the WIFI connection ...
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How do I discover the IP address of my headless RPi?

I've configured my RPi to be headless, and plugged it into my router. How do I discover the local IP address so I can ssh into it? Update: Lots of documents point out that you can log into the ...
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Configure RasPi 4 for headless operation [closed]

I'm trying to run a Pi 4 headless as I don't have the microusb cord available. In /boot, I ran touch ssh then created wpa_supplicant.conf and with the modified contents: country=US ctrl_interface=DIR=/...
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How to install radicale (CardDAV & CalDAV) on a headless RaspberryPi?

I want to install a server for CalDAV and CardDAV on my headless RaspberryPi and will use my answer below to make a guide which I will update as I go along. I had troubles installing pip for python3, ...
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ssh error : kex_exchange_identification: read: Connection reset

I am new to Pi and using the command line. I am trying to set up my Pi headless connected to my iPhone hotspot, I have downloaded the Raspberry Pi Imager on to SD card and used it to enable SSH and ...
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forgot raspberry pi username -> extract from raspberry pi imager

i forgot the password for my raspberry pi, but it is still stored in the default-settings of the raspberry pi imager. Is there any way to get the password back to plain text. my problem is i dont have ...
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How do I setup Raspberry Pi 4 to use with a Windows laptop?

I'm a new user with my first Raspberry Pi 4 (model B), but don't have a separate monitor, keyboard and mouse. I would like to use my laptop (running Windows) to use the Pi. So far I have: Downloaded ...
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Rpi not Accepting default password when connected via ssh

I was trying to setup a ssh connection to my pi 2 (model B, i.e., no inbuilt wifi) in headless mode from my ubuntu machine. I do not have a router. After multiple attempts of flashing and tweaking, ...
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VNC and Putty not connecting to raspberry pi 3b+ headless again, internet connection also affected by raspberry pi connection

I have been using my Raspberry Pi 3b+ model for months now, with the headless setup. I connected the pi to my laptop hotspot (i.e., added the wpa_supplicant.conf file containing my hotspot ssid and ...
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Standard Passwort not Accepted – Headless Setup [duplicate]

I downloaded the most recent version of Raspberry Pi OS, saved a wpa_supplicant.conf and a ssh file in the boot partition, but I was not able to ssh to the pi with ssh [email protected] as the ...
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mDNS for Pi stopped working

First time setting up a Pi yesterday, I installed Raspberry Pi OS Lite 64 bit and filled in options in the Imager application to configure wifi out of the box, as well as setting the hostname and ...

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