Quick Start

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1 Prepare SD card

a) Download the Red Pitaya Image File

b) Unzip

c) Select your operating system and follow the instructions:

1.) Insert SD card into your PC or SD card reader.

2.) Download Win32 Disk Imager to your Desktop and unzip it.

3.) Open unzipped folder, right-click on the WinDisk32Imager, and select 'Run as Administrator'.

4.) Under image file box select unzipped Red Pitaya image file.

5.) Under device box select the drive letter of the SD card.

Warning: Be careful to select the correct drive; if you choose the wrong one you risk erasing data from the computer's hard disk! You can easily see the drive letter (for example E:) by looking in the left column of Windows Explorer.

6.) Click Write and wait for the write to complete.

7.) Exit the Imager.

1.) Insert the SD card into your PC or SD card reader.

2.) Run Disks application to format the SD card.

3.) Open the Terminal and check the available disks with "df -h". Our SD card is 4GB and mounted to /dev/sdb

4.) Unmount the SD card with "umount /dev/sdbN" (make sure you replace N with the right number).

5.) Write the image to the SD card with the following command : dd if=red_pitaya_image_file of=/dev/sdb bs=1M

Notice: Replace the red_pitaya_image_file with the name of the unzipped Red Pitaya SD Card Image and /dev/device_name is replaced with the path to the SD Card, usually it will be /dev/sdb.

6.) Wait until the process has finished.

1.) Insert SD card into your PC or SD card reader.

2.) Download Apple Pi Baker and unzip it.

3.) Press "crtl" key and click on ApplePi-Baker icon, then click Open in order to run it.

4.) Enter your admin password and click OK.

5.) Select SD card drive. This can be recognized by the size of the card that is 4GB.

6.) Select Red Pitaya OS image file.

7.) Click "Restore Backup" button in order to write image to SD card.

8.) It's coffee time, application will show you Estimated Time for Accomplishment.

9.) When operation is completed click "OK" and quit ApplePi-Baker.

FAQ: How to install Red Pitaya OS on MAC not using ApplePiBaker?

2 Connect your Red Pitaya to your local network and turn it on

1.) Safely remove SD card from the computer.


2.) Insert the SD card in your Red Pitaya SD card slot, connect the Red Pitaya to your router using an ETH network cable, and connect the power supply (5V, 2A required)

3.) After 30s LEDs should indicate that board is up and running.

FAQ: What if LEDs do not behave the same as shown by the animation?


1.) Enter your wireless network information and download the configuration file.


2.) Copy the network config file to the Red Pitaya SD card.
Make sure that the filename is wpa_supplicant.conf, if not - rename it!

3.) Safely remove/eject SD card from your computer.


4.) Insert the SD card to your Red Pitaya SD card slot, plug in the WIFI dongle and power supply (5V, 2A required)

FAQ: Which WIFI USB dongles are supported by Red Pitaya OS?


5.) After 30s LEDs should indicate that board is up and running.

FAQ: What if LEDs do not behave the same as shown by the animation?


6.) After that, restart your Red Pitaya and wait another 30s for it to connect to your network.

1.) Insert the SD card to your Red Pitaya SD card slot, plug in the WIFI dongle and power supply (5V, 2A required)

FAQ: Which WIFI USB dongles are supported by Red Pitaya OS?


2.) After 30s LEDs should indicate that board is up and running.

FAQ: What if LEDs do not behave the same as shown by the animation?


3.) Connect to Red Pitaya AP

4.) Enter password "redpitaya"

5.) Open your WEB browser and connect to IP "192.168.128.1"

6.) In order to:

  • unlock Red Pitaya PRO applications
  • install new applications from open source marketplace
  • run Visual programming

it is necessary to connect your Red Pitaya to the internet.In such case user also has to connect Red Pitaya to router that has connection to the internet via ethernet cable.

3 Connect to your Red Pitaya

a) Install recommended browser

b) Make sure that:

  • your computer/tablet or smartphone are connected to the same network as your Red Pitaya
  • your Red Pitaya has access to the internet

Notice that the internet access is necessary in order to unlock the application, use visual programming and downloading new apps from the marketplace.

FAQ: How can I make sure that Red Pitaya is connected to the same network as my computer/tablet/smartphone?

FAQ: How can I make sure that my Red Pitaya has access to the internet?

c) Enter your Red Pitaya MAC. You can find it on your Red Pitaya ETH network connector

Before using discovery service please upgrade Red Pitaya to OS v0.95 or latest.

Enter MAC that can be found on your Red Pitaya Ethernet connector and click "Let's start" button.