Download Ubuntu MATE image

The first and obvious step before downloading the Ubuntu MATE operating system is making sure you’ve got everything you need to run. You can refer this article to know what are you going to need, including an HDMI cable, mouse, monitor, microSD card, etc.

After that, you need to visit Ubuntu MATE’s website and download the image. For that visit this link and click on Raspberry Pi tab. From there, look for the Raspberry Pi option. Click on it and you’ll see the option to download the image via torrent or HTTP download.

After downloading the image, the next step in Ubuntu MATE installation deals with writing the OS image to the microSD card. For this purpose, I’ll advise you to use a 16GB Class 10 memory card. As the downloaded image is compressed and in .xz file format, you need to write it down by running some commands and tools:

In Linux

Writing the image on Ubuntu can be done by manually extracting the file and using dd utility. However, using ddrescue is also an option. If you don’t have ddrescue installed on your system, you can install it using the following command:

sudo apt-get install gddrescue xz-utils

Now you need to extract the compressed file. By running the unxz command, you can extract the file.

unxz ubuntu-mate-16.04.2-desktop-armhf-raspberry-pi.img

The last steps involve writing the extracted image on the card using ddrescue. To do so, run the following command. Here, you need to replace /dev/sdx with the path of card, which can be found out by running lsblk command.

sudo ddrescue -D –force ubuntu-mate-16.04.2-desktop-armhf-raspberry-pi.img /dev/sdx

In Mac

In Mac, you can extract the file using Ether. I personally use it and it works like a charm. After installing it, simply click on the file to start the extraction process

In Windows

In Windows operating system, you can use 7-zip for extracting the file.

After getting the .img file, you need to download and install Ether. In this tool, select the extracted image and select the drive letter of the microSD card. After confirming that all the selected options are right, press the Write button to complete the process.


The next step in Ubuntu MATE installation on Raspberry Pi involves loading the microSD card in the Pi. Assuming that your mouse, keyboard, monitor, and power supply cables are connected, turn on the power.

Follow the instructions on screen and set up an account.

Upon completion of the first boot, the setup Wi-Fi won’t work. You need to reboot your device and Wi-Fi will start working.

If this doesn’t help, you can try out an alternate method. You can create the wireless configuration file manually. To do so, run the following command:

sudo vi /etc/network/interfaces.d/wlan0

Now add the following content to the file:

auto wlan0 
iface wlan0 inet dhcp
wpa-essid YOURWIRELESSSSID 
wpa-psk YOURWIRELESSPASSWORD

Save the file, reboot your device. Wi-Fi should start working.

Open your terminal and follow the instruction below:

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get install chromium-browser

Please follow the instructions in Get started.