09 June 2014


  • Raspberry Pi (Model B)
  • 8GB SD card (class 4)
  • Micro USB cable
  • USB wall charger with minimum specs of 700mA at 5V.
  • The basics: monitor, keyboard, mouse, and wired network connection.

Installing Raspberry Pi (NOOBS)

Detailed setup instructions can be found here. SSH is installed by default. After initial setup, Raspberry Pi can be run in a headless configuration.

  • Download offline or online setup.
  • Extract and copy files to FAT formatted SD card.
  • Plug in the SD card into the Raspberry Pi.
  • Plug in keyboard, mouse, monitor, and network.
  • Lastly, plug in the power.

OS Installation

The NOOBS installation will have a few choices for OSes to install. This tutorial is based on the Rasbian flavor.

  • Select the Rasbian OS and select/click Install.
  • After setup is complete you will configuration (raspi-config).
  • At minimum change your password and set the date and time.
  • To run through the configuration again, run sudo raspi-config

After configuration is completed, check for updates.

sudo apt-get upgrade
sudo apt-get update

Node.js Installation

At the time of writing, the stable version of Node.js for Raspberry Pi is 0.10.24.

Download and extract Node.js binaries.

wget http://nodejs.org/dist/v0.10.24/node-v0.10.24-linux-arm-pi.tar.gz
tar -xvzf node-v0.10.24-linux-arm-pi.tar.gz
  • Test that node works as expect: node-v0.10.2-linux-arm-pi/bin/node --version should output v0.10.24
  • Move installation dir: mv node-v0.10.24-linux-arm-pi /usr/local/bin/node

Edit .bash_profile to add the node installation dir to the environment variables and the node bin folder to the path. Using vi, open the file vi ~/.bash_profile

  • Load your saved profile . ~/.bash_profile
  • Test to make sure settings were loaded: node --version should print the version as expected.

If native binaries need to be built, install node’s native build tool, node-gyp

npm install -g node-gyp

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