When logging into your raspberry pi is it important to make note of a few things. Before I explain the steps to log into your raspberry pi please make note of the following information:
- IP Address of your Raspberry Pi.
- Username and password for your Raspberry Pi.
How to find your PI’s IP Address.
If you recently setup your raspberry pi then there are a few quick and easy ways to find the IP address of your raspberry pi. I’m going to assume that your raspberry pi is connected to your home network or a network in which you have access to your routers settings.
- You will want to log into your routers setup page in order to find all of the attached devices. For the most part your routers local page is going to be located at
(If this is not your routers local homepage I suggest you do an online search and put the brand of your router and homepage right after.)
Once at the IP address you will be prompted to login. After logging in you will need to view the clients connected to your network (each router is different. look up the manual of your router if you cannot easily find something that says “Clients” , “Network map” , “Connected Devices”). Once here you will want to find something that wasn’t there prior and write down that IP address.
- Second way to find your Raspberry PI’s IP address and probably the easiest is to just ping it.
- Click on your start window
- In the search bar enter “CMD“
- Once command prompt is open enter “ping raspberrypi” (note: if you changed the name of your pi you will want to substitute raspberrypi with the name you gave it)
Downloading an SSH Client for Windows.
Now that you know where on your network your pi is located you will need to download the actual windows software that will allow your to log in. The client of choice amongst the the pi community is called ‘PuTTY“. You can either do a google search or you can download the client software at this link
At the time of me writing this post I downloaded the “putty.exe” file only.
How to log into your raspberry pi.
You now should have your IP address and the program to SSH into your Raspberry PI. Open the putty.exe file and follow the steps below.
- Open the program and click run to the following prompt. If you feel uncertain make sure you run a virus scan on the file beforehand.
- Once the program is open make sure your set the following information as described below. (NOTE: MY raspberrypi is located at 192.168.1.24, yours will most certainly be different. Change the 192.168.1.24 to the IP address of YOUR pi on your local network).
- Step 3 Profit. Actual step 3 is to hit open.
- Enter your log in information. If your IP address is correct you will be prompted with a similar screen below. The difference is that it will only state “login as:”. You will enter pi followed by the password for said user. After entering your username and password (if correct) you’ve made it!