How To Install Pop!_OS 21.10 On Raspberry Pi 4/400?

Pop the fun with Pop!_OS on Raspberry Pi!


Last week, Jeremy Soller, System76’s Principal engineer, shared a screenshot of Pop!_OS 21.10 running on a Raspberry Pi 400. In another tweet today, he shared a link to the experimental Pop!_OS 21.10 release, and we tried it out on our Raspberry Pi 4B.

In this article, let’s look at how to install Pop!_OS 21.10 on Raspberry Pi 4/400. We’ll also be giving you a general overview of how the build performs and the RAM and CPU usage.

Update: The stable version of Pop!_OS is now officially available for Raspberry Pi with the official release of Pop!_OS 21.10.

Pop!_OS 21.10 now available for raspberry pi

How to Install Pop!_OS on Raspberry Pi 4/400

1. Head over to the official Raspberry Pi imager website; download and install the Raspberry Pi imager for your platform.

Raspberry Pi imager download page

2. Get a MicroSD card of at least 16GB with an SDHC adapter, and insert it into a card reader or your laptop’s/PC’s full-sized SD card slot.

3. Download the Pop!_OS 21.10 image from here.

4. Open the Raspberry Pi imager and click on the ‘Choose OS’ button.

raspberry pi choose os

5. Select the Pop!_OS .xz file that you downloaded.

6. Click on the ‘Choose Storage’ button and click on the MicroSD card you inserted.

7. Finally, click on the ‘Write’ button. The flash might take around 20-30 minutes.

8. Once done, insert the microSD card into your Raspberry Pi and power it on.

9. It should then boot directly into the Pop!_OS setup, where you can set the username, password, select a network, and set the time zone.

10. Congratulations! You have successfully installed Pop!_OS on your Raspberry Pi.

Pop!_OS on Raspberry Pi

Pop!_OS 21.10 Build Overview

Overall, the build is pretty solid for an experimental build. It consumes around 1.3/4 GB of RAM when idle. The app opening times are pretty good. Opening five Firefox tabs bump up the memory usage to 2.3GB, which is respectable. The overall experience is snappy, but the animations aren’t as smooth, which is expected for a Raspberry Pi.

Pop!_OS system resources monitor

720p video playback on YouTube works very well with little to no frame drops. It is recommended to use a Raspberry Pi 4 fan case as it makes a lot of difference in performance. The temperature numbers never crossed 55℃.

Pop!_OS youtube on firefox temperature

What are your thoughts about the build? Let us know in the comments section below.

Abubakar Mohammed

Abubakar Mohammed

Abubakar is a Linux and Tech Writer. Hailing from a Computer Science background, the start of his love for Tech dates back to 2011, when he was gifted a Dell Inspiron 5100. When he's not covering Tech, you'll find him binge-watching anime and Tech content on YouTube or hunting heads in competitive FPS games. You can also find his work on Android Police and How-To Geek.
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