The Raspberry Pi foundation presented the Imager utility. Its purpose is to facilitate the deployment of OSes on its mini motherboards.

After the promotion for the 8 th anniversary of its mini motherboard, the Raspberry Pi Foundation has just unveiled a utility called Imager .Available on Windows, macOS and Ubuntu, it aims to simplify the flashing of different OS on an SD card.

One of the most important aspects of the Raspberry Pi experience is to make getting started simple,” notes the Foundation. It shows the different solutions brought to solve this problem. From the start, we added a graphical interface to our OS (Raspbian) from the start, then documentation for getting started. In addition, we have developed the Desktop Kit with everything you need ”.

A facilitator for flashing SD cards

Despite these efforts, the Foundation admits that the procedure for flashing the OS from the SD card is often “a little tricky”. Indeed, PC OSes have different means of accessing the SD card and users are struggling to understand where to find the latest updated image.Hence the idea of ​​the Imager utility.

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The utility offers a varied choice of OS to install on the SD card. (Photo Credit: Raspberry Pi Foundation)

On the technical side, once installed on the PC, Imager will download a JSON file on the Foundation website. It contains all the download options ensuring that you have the latest OS updates. Once selected, Imager reads the file and writes it directly to the SD card. For this, the utility downloads the OS image cache and thus allows the OS to be downloaded to several SD cards.