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Exploring the New Raspberry Pi Imager: A Closer Look at the Updates

Exploring the New Raspberry Pi Imager: A Closer Look at the Updates

Exploring the New Raspberry Pi Imager: A Closer Look at the Updates


Raspberry Pi enthusiasts, get ready to embrace a revamped experience with the latest Raspberry Pi Imager! At first glance, it might seem like not much has changed, but dive a little deeper, and you'll find some significant improvements that enhance user convenience and efficiency.

Tailored Image Selection:

The most noticeable change is the addition of a model selection button. Now, you can choose your specific Raspberry Pi model, including the latest Raspberry Pi 5 Model, and the Imager will filter the list of operating systems accordingly. This means you'll only see compatible options for your particular Raspberry Pi device, streamlining the selection process. Of course, if you prefer to explore all available options, you can simply bypass this feature by clicking on "No filtering."

Introducing OS Customization:

The 'Advanced options' have been rebranded as 'OS customization.' This section now boasts a sleek tabbed interface, categorizing the settings into three tabs for easy navigation:

  1. General: Customize essential settings such as hostname, username, password, Wi-Fi configuration, and locale.
  2. Services: Configure SSH settings, complete with a convenient text area for editing the public key and a button to generate a new one.
  3. Options: Explore settings related to Raspberry Pi Imager, including options like play sound, eject, and telemetry.


Drag and Drop Convenience:

A minor yet incredibly convenient change is the ability to drag and drop an image directly into the Imager, eliminating the need to scroll through the OS list to find the "Use custom" option.

Under the Hood Improvements:

Apart from these user-facing changes, the new version includes several under-the-hood improvements and bug fixes. Here's a quick rundown of the changes listed on GitHub:

  • Advanced options: Renamed to OS customization.
  • OS customization: Tabbed UI introduced, SSH public key field now a textarea, and a button to generate new keys.
  • Enforced choice: Selection made a part of the write flow for consistency.
  • Home: Mechanism added for selecting the Raspberry Pi device.
  • Shared: Multiple keyboard focus fixes.
  • Translations: Added Spanish and Ukrainian translations, updated several other languages.
  • Linux: Workaround implemented for ArchLinux's lsblk labeling internal SD card readers correctly.
  • Drag-Drop Support: Now supports drag-dropping image files directly into Imager.
  • Local .xz files: Uncompressed size parsed for better progress reports.
  • Windows: Fixed .zst support.

Where to Get It:

Excited to try out these new features? You can download the latest version of Raspberry Pi Imager from the official website or the GitHub releases page. The update is compatible with Windows, Ubuntu (22.04+), and Mac OS X (10.15+).

Don't miss out on the exciting changes in the Raspberry Pi Imager and also dont forget to get your hands on the new Raspberry Pi 5, Pi 5 Complete and Basic Kits, and Pi 5 Accessories! Upgrade to the latest version, explore the enhanced features, and take your Raspberry Pi projects to new heights. Happy tinkering! 

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