Can I build zynthian with just a pi...?

This question is asked quite frequently and the answer is yes !

You do not need any zynthian hardware components and you can build a zynthian with just a Raspberry Pi (3’s & 4’s by preference) and a bit of configuration .

Just download the code …

From the zynthian software page…

Burn it to your SSD.

Stick your SSD in the Pi . . .

Connect an Ethernet cable to your network …

Start up the Pi…

Wait for it to get going…

type zynthian.local into a browser connected to your network.

You should see . .

Type Raspberry into the password box …

And then configure the devices you have connected to your PI . . .

The first part of this process is to go into the webconf hardware settings menu . . .

Ignore the fact it says zynthian-touch.local, this is just me being lazy, I’ve already configured the zynthian’s name in the System/Security menu …

You can also change the password. This is rather a good idea. . . .

So you can now set up any bits and piceds of raspberry pi hardware you may or may not have . . .

In this case we have a 7" Pi Touchscreen and a Yeti Microphone. . .

but you can get it going with nothing more than an HDMI screen with HDMI audio or simply use the on-board headphone jack, it’s ok but it isn’t rock and roll but it gets you going . .

and to avoid getting caught by the dreaded :face_with_monocle:

one supplies a

The instructions are a link from the monocled face . . .


Hi @wyleu , this is pretty nice. :+1:
Yes it’s true, everyone who has a raspberry pi and a HDMI display laying around can give a try to Zynthian .

I would say, some more informations could be helpfull:

  • connect your raspi to your local network with an ethernet cable
  • plug your hdmi display in
  • plug a good power supply unit (as the official raspberry one) into your pi
  • wait a bit and then point your browser to http://zynthian.local
  • login with password raspberry

Now it’s time to configure your harware (@riban 's copyright :wink:):

  • Navigate to Hardware->Kit and select Custom then Save.
  • Navigate to Hardware->Audio and select the appropriate sound output (Headphone or HDMI if your display has builtin speakers) and Save.
  • Navigate to Hardware->Display and select Generic HDMI Display and Save.
  • Navigate to Hardware->Wiring and select Dummies and Save.
  • (optional): you may want to use a wifi network, no problem, just navigate to System-> Wi-Fi and configure your local SSID and wifi password, then save.
  • Reboot.

Good, but, how can I interact with the user interface without encoders or without touch interface ???

  • with an usb mouse
  • with an usb keyboard, see here

Imho, such a tuto should be in the wiki and be clearly accessible.


Hi @guys!

The wiki already contains some articles or links about this subject:

Anyway, there is room for improving :wink: