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We have done what we can to optimise the builds for the Raspberry Pi 2 and Raspberry Pi 3 but microSDHC I/O throughput is a bottleneck so we highly recommend that you use a Class 6 or Class 10 microSDHC card.

Ubuntu Server Minimal (Raspberry Pi 2 and 3) Download

Ubuntu Server Minimal 16.04

Raspberry Pi 2 and Raspberry Pi 3 (207MB)

Ubuntu Server Standard (Raspberry Pi 2 and 3) Download

Ubuntu Server Standard 16.04

Raspberry Pi 2 and Raspberry Pi 3 (329MB)

Lubuntu (Raspberry Pi 2 and 3) Download

Lubuntu 16.04

Raspberry Pi 2 and Raspberry Pi 3 (602MB)

Xubuntu (Raspberry Pi 2 and 3) Download

Xubuntu 16.04

Raspberry Pi 2 and Raspberry Pi 3 (666MB)

Ubuntu MATE (Raspberry Pi 2 and 3) Download

Ubuntu MATE 16.04

Raspberry Pi 2 and Raspberry Pi 3 (959MB)

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Making a microSDHC

The image can be burned to a DVD, mounted as an ISO file, or be directly written to a USB stick using a utility like dd, but we prefer ddrescue (from the gddrescue package, for example:

sudo apt-get install gddrescue
unxz ubuntu-mate-16.04-desktop-armhf-raspberry-pi.img.xz
sudo ddrescue -d -D --force ubuntu-mate-16.04-desktop-armhf-raspberry-pi.img /dev/sdx

The drive may be mounted on any /dev/sdX so use the command lsblk to check.

GNOME Disks

If you prefer a graphical tool we recommend using GNOME Disks and the Restore Disk Image… option, which natively supports XZ compressed images.

sudo apt-get install gnome-disk-utility

Making a microSDHC with Windows

If you want to make a microSDHC using Windows we recommend:

Frequently asked questions

There are some questions we are asked frequently so we’ve compiled a list of answers to the most common questions.

FAQ