Official links to legacy Raspberry Pi OS Buster
On November 8th, 2021, the Raspberry Pi Foundation unveiled the next incarnation of Raspberry Pi OS based on Debian 11 "Bullseye". See the official announcement here: Bullseye – the new version of Raspberry Pi OS.
Unfortunately, this also means that the download links on the Official Operating system images download page now point to Raspberry Pi OS "Bullseye"! UPDATE: On 2021-12-02, Raspberry Pi OS "Buster" files have reappeared in the "legacy" section of the site, see the official blog post for details and caveats. Notably missing with the 2021-12-02 update is the "Raspberry Pi OS with desktop and recommended software" image and some Pi-specific optimizations. The good news is this is officially supported!
Raspberry Pi OS image files are also available on the less known https://downloads.raspberrypi.org/ website. You can find a lot of downloads in this complex folder structure, including Raspberry Pi Imager downloads and the now obsolete NOOBS. The "Buster" files are now referred to as "raspios_oldstable" in this structure.
We searched the site for you and here are the Raspberry Pi OS 32-bit "Buster" folders. Typically, you want the .zip file!
If you don't know which file to download, select the Raspberry Pi OS 32-bit "Buster" with Desktop and recommended software zip file.
- Raspberry Pi OS 32-bit "Buster" Lite (2021-12-02)
- Raspberry Pi OS 32-bit "Buster" with Desktop (2021-12-02)
- Raspberry Pi OS 32-bit "Buster" with Desktop and recommended software (older 2021-05-07)
In addition, here is the folder to Raspberry Pi OS 64-bit "Buster":
Update your software
It is important to keep your software up to date for security and stability! If you use Buster, you MUST update it!
To update your software, type the following commands in Terminal:
- sudo apt update
- sudo apt full-upgrade
- sudo reboot now
We hope this is helpful to you!