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Welcome to RISC OS Direct for the Raspberry Pi - a comprehensive distribution of the Open Source RISC OS computer operating system, supported by an informative video series.

ROD icon   Download RISC OS Direct v2 disc image (Jan 2021) - 16/32 GB
Suitable for use on Pi 0, 0W, 1A/B(+), 2A/B(+), 3A/B(+), 4B and Pi400.

ROD icon   Download v2 upgrade for users of previous versions (Jan 2021)
v2 supports Pi4/400 and contains software updates applicable to all v1 users

ROD icon   Download v2.1 upgrade for users of v2 (March 2023)
v2.1 supports latest Pi4 revisions and contains app updates for 4GB+ RAM

Want to know more about RISC OS Direct version history? Click here.

About RISC OS Direct

RISC OS Direct includes not only the operating system, but a huge range of software and other resources, including famous RISC OS programs like the Impression desktop publishing software, vector graphics with Draw, Fireworkz and PipeDream spreadsheets, and Zap and StrongEd editors. Not to mention some games too!

There's also a particular emphasis on programming. RISC OS is home to one of the best and most flexible/capable versions of BASIC (BBC BASIC 5/6), and RISC OS Direct makes it easy to start coding. Also included are many other popular programming languages such as Python, C, C++, Perl, PHP, Lua and more.

Whatever your interest, you'll want to check our RISC OS Direct on your Raspberry Pi. Not only is it one of the fastest operating systems, it is the modern evolution of the very first OS for ARM processors, which went on to dominate the CPU industry.

Note - the v2 disc image is larger than the v1 - we recommend a 32GB disc, but some 16GB cards may suffice. SD cards tend to vary in real-world capacity.

Simply download the supplied SD card image, unzip it on your main computer, and write the disc image to a 16/32GB micro SD card. Watch the Getting Started video here.

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Click here for legacy Direct v1 from 2020 for historical interest.