Raspberry Pi – Remote Access (Use without screen and keyboard)

After having installed Raspbian on your Raspberry Pi, we will now boot the Raspberry Pi without any screen or keyboard.

If you have not yet installed Raspbian, follow this guide.

  1. Connect your Raspberry Pi by ethernet (RJ45 cable) to the same router your PC is connected to. After having connected it, power it on.
  2. Find the IP address of the Raspberry Pi on your router’s portal (mine is
    You can also use PingTools, an Android application to find the Raspberry Pi IP address.HG8245H - Google Chrome_010

Windows Walkthrough (See for Linux below )

  1. Download and open PuTTY, a SSH client. Open PuTTY and enter the IP address (e.g. of your Pi and leave other settings as they are.


  1. Click ‘Open’ and enter the default password which is ‘raspberry’ and then type sudo apt-get install xrdp and press ‘Y’ when prompted to install.
  2. Search Remote Desktop Connection (already available on Windows) and open it, then enter the IP address of the Raspberry Pi
  3. Enter the username and passsword of Raspbian which by default is ‘pi’ and ‘raspberry’.
    IMG_20160725_144742You now have remote access to the Raspbian desktop.

Ubuntu/Linux Walkthrough

  1. Open the terminal and type sudo ssh pi@<IP Address> . Replace the <IP address> with that of your Pi, e.g. If it shows a warning, type ‘yes’ and then enter the Pi password which by default is ‘raspberry’.
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    We are now in SSH mode where you can use commands to control the Raspberry Pi.
  1. To remotely control the Raspberry Pi using the GUI of Raspbian, we will download a package named ‘Xrdp’ through SSH. Type sudo apt-get install xrdp in the same terminal.
  2. To be able to view the Raspbian desktop of the Pi, we need to install Remmina Remote Desktop Client, open a new terminal and type sudo apt-get install remmina.
  3. Open Remmina on your PC, choose RDP on the right, enter the IP address of the Raspberry Pi.
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  4. Click connect and enter the username and password which by default are ‘pi’ and ‘raspberry’ respectively.

Voila, now you use the Raspbian desktop on your Linux or Windows pc.

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