As of october 2020, manually installing is the prefered way, new versions coming out very fast, it's very consuming to create a new image everytime we update the sources. It's only a few simple steps from a running Rasppberry Pi OS to a running Alice. I guess I should also cover the Rasppberry Pi OS installation, just to be sure...

# Install Rasppberry Pi OS

  • Download Rasppberry Pi OS, Lite version is recommended
  • Insert your 8 gig SD card into your computer and burn the Raspberry Pi OS image onto it
  • When your SD is flashed, unplug it and replug it, your computer should detect, among others, a new partition called boot
  • With your favorite text editor, create a new file on that partition. It is important, on Windows, that you do not right click and create a new text file! Open your text editor (hmmm notepad++(opens new window) and do save it. Name the file ssh, without any extension. For Windows users, select all types instead of the default selected Normal text file (.txt)
  • Once saved, keep your ssh file open, and paste the following content into it
    ctrl_interface=DIR=/var/run/wpa_supplicant GROUP=netdev
  • Of course, take care to change the country code to match yours as well as add your WLAN ssid and password
  • Now, don't save, but choose Save under and save that file in the boot partition as well, but name it wpa_supplicant.conf, still as all types for Windows users.
  • Good, now unplug your SD card, plug it into your raspberry pi and power it. Let it a few seconds to boot.

# Configure your PI

  • Connect to your pi through ssh. For windows users I recommand kitty(opens new window)
  • By default, the user is pi, and the password is raspberry
  • Update your system
    • sudo apt-get update
    • sudo apt-get dist-upgrade -y
  • Open the configuration tool
    • sudo raspi-config
  • In System Options
    • Change your password
    • Set the hostname to ProjectAlice
    • Set the Boot / Auto Login to Console Autologin
  • In Interface Options
    • Enable SPI
    • Enable I2C
  • In Advanced options
    • Expand Filesystem
  • Reboot

# Install Git and clone Alice

  • We need a few things to get Alice up now
  • Install git: sudo apt-get install git -y
  • Clone Alice:
git clone --recurse-submodules

# Start Alice

  • Copy the basic configuration on their place for first boot: sudo cp ~/ProjectAlice/ProjectAlice.yaml /boot/ProjectAlice.yaml
  • We need to configure a few things for her to start nicely: sudo nano /boot/ProjectAlice.yaml
  • Set that file parameters to your liking and setup.
  • You know what? We're done! Let's start her up!
cd ~/ProjectAlice
  • This will start her, do some reboots and stuff. Once she loads, she'll start her own service, and you won't see any output on the console anymore. If you want to follow what's going on after she rebooted, type tail -f /var/log/syslog, and you will see what she's doing.
  • Once you hear a ding, she's up!
  • No ding? => Have a look at our Troubleshooting guide!