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How to install Ubuntu 22.04 LTS on Raspberry Pi 4

Raspberry Pi 4 is an excellent gadget that allows you to execute various tasks with ease once you install a perfect operating system on it. With the latest release of Ubuntu 22.04, it has become crucial for the Raspberry Pi users to enjoy this OS’s new features on the device. These features include the GNOME 42 desktop environment with a lot of beautiful themes, latest software and tools as well as new security patches to secure your system.

In this guide, we will show you how you can install Ubuntu 22.04 desktop on Raspberry Pi.

How to Install Ubuntu 22.04 LTS on Raspberry Pi 4

The installation of the Ubuntu 22.04 desktop on Raspberry Pi 4 is a pretty straightforward task as you will only require the OS image and an Imager to clone the image onto your SD card. However, before beginning the installation, ensures that you have the following components:

  • Raspberry Pi 4 device
  • SD card (Minimum 16GB storage)
  • Compatible Power Supply
  • Monitor to display Ubuntu Desktop from Raspberry Pi
  • Keyboard and Mouse

Once you have the above components, you can then begin performing the below steps to successfully install Ubuntu 22.04 desktop on Raspberry Pi 4.

Step 1: Download Ubuntu 22.04 LTS Image

First, you will need to download Ubuntu 22.04 OS image file from the official Ubuntu website. As, Raspberry Pi is an ARM based device make sure that you have downloaded the ARM version of the operating system not x86 or amd64.

Step 2: Download and Install Official Raspberry Pi Imager

Next, download and install the official Raspberry Pi Imager from the Raspberry Pi website. Pick your operating system. In our case, we are downloading Raspberry Pi imager for Windows operating system.

After the download, install the Imager onto your operating system.

Step 3: Prepare SD Card

Now prepare your SD card and insert it via SD card reader into your laptop. After your system loads the SD card, format it via the NTFS or FAT file system.

Step 4: Open the Raspberry Pi Imager

Now, open the Raspberry Pi imager on your desktop.

Step 5: Choose Ubuntu 22.04 Image

Click on the “CHOOSE OS” option.

Select “Use custom” option and load the Ubuntu 22.04 desktop image file.

Step 6: Select Storage

Once the image is loaded, you can then select the storage option by clicking on the “CHOOSE STORAGE” button.

Select SD card/USB storage.

Step 7: Begin the Write Image Process

After ensuring the SD card is your operating system storage device, you are now good to go with the “WRITE” option to start the image installation process.

Click on the “YES” option to confirm data removal on the selected SD card.

This will begin the installation process.

Wait until an on-screen window informs you to remove your SD card from the reader.

Once the above image appears, you can then remove the SD card.

Step 8: Booting Up Ubuntu 22.04 on Raspberry Pi 4

Now, it’s time to boot up Ubuntu 22.04 on Raspberry Pi 4 and for this reason, first, turn on your Raspberry Pi device. Wait until the Raspberry Pi starts and then insert the card into the card slot of Raspberry Pi. Wait until the following Ubuntu screen on your Monitor.

After this screen, wait for a few seconds and it will get you into the setup process which comprises the following steps.

Step 1: Select your language and click on the “Continue” button.

Step 2: Select your location.

Step 3: Fill in the options that appear in the next screen.

In our case, we have set the following information.

This begins the installation process.

Wait till it completes and when it’s done, you will be navigated to the login screen where you will need to enter your credentials.

Once you enter the required login information, the Ubuntu 22.04 desktop will appear on your monitor screen as shown below.

Now, you can start working on Ubuntu 22.04 and begin installing several applications with ease through command-line terminal or Ubuntu Software Center.

Conclusion

Raspberry Pi is a perfect platform to run Ubuntu 22.04 desktop as it includes a powerful processor that smoothly runs the operating system. The above installation guide is pretty simple to follow for everyone as this will let you install Ubuntu 22.04 desktop on Raspberry Pi in a few minutes. After the installation, you can then use the Ubuntu terminal or software center to install different software with ease.

About the author

Awais Khan

I'm an Engineer and an academic researcher by profession. My interest for Raspberry Pi, embedded systems and blogging has brought me here to share my knowledge with others.