Installing Raspbian stretch Raspberry Pi 3 B+

This is the simple way to create an SD image for your raspberry pi using mac os x high sierra. The purpose is to create a base image then add the desktop so minimal installation and add as necessary.


  • Mac OSX
  • microSD 8GB min

Download the image:


Select desktop or lite.

I chose lite as the base and will add my own packages.

After downloading unzip the file


Use this file or the latest updated version for when you are reading this.


Open up the Terminal Window

Look for the SDcard after running the disk utility. It should look like /dev/disk# (# being number of the disk, it should look like /dev/disk2, confirm by checking the size and match the SDcard

  1. diskutil list
  2. sudo diskutil unmountDisk /dev/disk#
  3. sudo dd bs=1m if=~/Downloads/2018-04-18-raspbian-stretch-lite.img of=/dev/rdisk# conv=sync
  4. sudo diskutil unmountDisk /dev/disk#
  5. sudo diskutil eject /dev/disk#

After ejecting, place the SD file in the pi.

First boot of raspbian stretch on pi 3 b+ the default password is:

Raspbian | pi | raspberry

After logging in you can do whatever you want.

I used the following for reference.

For windows or linux you can reference here