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How to set up the barebone Raspberry Pi from a Mac?

A simple Google search for “Raspberry Pi headless setup” brings up many links with 2 on top of them

Glynrob – Raspberry Pi Headless

Robert A. Wood Tutorial

None of the articles above was what I was after. In one case different hardware was considered (a router with DHCP server running, which I don’t have) and the other was just too much information to handle (super-detailed but… 7+ post to setup a Pi?).

So here it is, my own version of the process.

Hardware

  • Raspberry Pi + SD card
  • MacBook Pro  (OS X Mavericks – 10.9.3)
  • LAN cable and power chord

To be perfectly clear “headless setup” in this case means

  • NO monitor
  • NO keyboard/mouse
  • only network with NO router

Memory card

To prepare the SD card for the Raspberry Pi simply download the operating system image desired (in my case Raspbian) from

Raspberry Pi – Downloads

and unzip it (please note that for NOOBS images more steps – not listed here – are required).

Write the unzipped image file to the card using the software

Mac OS X – ApplePi Baker

Once completed , remove the card properly and put it in the Raspberry Pi then power up the board.

Network

The network setup seemed to be the most tricky part at first just because the Raspberry default ethernet interface expect to be assigned an IP from a DHCP server; this is of no use as we don’t have a router that serves it.

So, we have to connect the Raspberry to the Mac directly and make it the latter act as a DHCP server. Once again Google proposed “fairly complex” solutions to the problems ( like Running Mac OSX own DHCP server or How to run a DHCP server on an ethernet port of a MacBook successfully?)

The simplest way to enable the DHCP server is let OS X take care of it turning on the “internet sharing” on the wired ethernet inteface, from System Preferences > Sharing (see pictures) – source link

Please remember to assign a static IP (like 192.168.2.1) to the Mac ethernet interface.

File sharing

Install and configure “netatalk” for file sharing and “avahi-daemon” for autodiscovery

4DC5 – Setting up VNC on Raspberry Pi for Mac access

Screen sharing

in progress!

http://www.raspberrypi.org/forums/viewtopic.php?p=108862#p108862

Magaleecher

– use “x11vnc” to share the current session  (using “tightvnc” will share a new session)

 

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