Use the Current Installation Instructions unless specifically instructed by DAKboard Support to use the following steps.  The following instructions are to be used to install DAKboard OS Legacy versions only (2.25).

Add Your Device to Your Account:

Adding your DAKboard OS device with a serial and ID will allow you to remotely assign screens and loops to it, and manage the Raspberry Pi settings (like sleep schedule, wifi network, and more) directly in your DAKboard account. 

In the "Displays & Devices" section, click the "Add" button, give it a name, and click "Save changes":

Download the Image File:

The DAKboard OS image file is available for download.


The DAKboard OS has been tested and works with the following Raspberry Pi versions:

  • Raspberry Pi 3B
  • Raspberry Pi 3B+
  • Raspberry Pi 3A+
  • Raspberry Pi 4B (we recommend the 2GB version or higher)
  • Raspberry Pi Zero 2W

Note: The original Raspberry Pi Zero is not recommended due to the lower CPU speed and less RAM. If you're using an original Pi Zero and having trouble connecting it to wifi, please see this article.  We recommend the Pi 4B only for embedded continuous video in DAKboard screens.  DAKboard OS release notes are available here.

Write the File to a Micro SD Card:

Once downloaded, you'll need to write the image to a Micro SD card.

Etcher is a graphical SD card writing tool that works on Mac OS, Linux, and Windows, and is the easiest option for most users. Etcher also supports writing images directly from the zip file, without any unzipping required. To write your image with Etcher:

  • Download Etcher and install it.
  • Connect an SD card reader with the SD card inside.
  • Open Etcher and select from your hard drive the Raspberry Pi .img or .zip files you wish to write to the SD card.
  • Select the SD card that you wish to write your image.
  • Review your selections and click 'Flash!' to begin writing data to the SD card.

Configure the Serial and ID:

Connect your Raspberry Pi to a TV/Monitor, insert the Micro SD card and connect the power. When it's done loading, you will see a setup screen and can proceed to add a serial number to the device.

  • On the first boot, you will receive a prompt for the serial and ID.  For versions 2.25 and older sudo /var/www/ must be entered into the command prompt in a terminal to start serialization.
  • Plug in a USB keyboard.
  • Find your serial and ID in the Displays & Devices section by clicking the 3 dots and choosing "Settings".
  • Enter your serial number, then press enter. 
  • Enter the device ID, then press enter. 
  • This will apply your serial number/ID and restart the device.

Note: If you do not have keyboard access to the device, these steps may also be performed via SSH remotely on your network.  The Device IP will display on the bottom of the setup screen.  For your device's credentials, please reach out to the Support Desk.

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