Twister OS Raspberry Pi 4 - What's new? | Getting started -thebytewise

If you are a Raspberry Pi nerd you probably had heard about the new Twister OS for the Raspberry Pi 4. Ok, ya I know it also works on the Raspberry Pi 3 but it is recommended to use the Raspberry Pi 4, as Twister OS may require a little better hardware configuration.

Topic to be covered

  • What's new on the latest Twister OS

  • Installation

  • Getting started

What's new?

  • The new Twister OS offers a dual desktop environment, you can switch between a Windows 10 look which they called it Raspbian X night hawk and a Mac OS look which is called the i-Raspbian. Now, this doesn't mean everything will look the exact same. Although it looks and feels like Windows 10, the icons are a little modified to cope with the legal needs, the same applies to the i-Raspbian interface. Also to be noted that, this is only a theme it isn't gonna make anything any faster or better (you might see some differences because of the animations).

Raspbian X night Hawk

  • There are a ton of preinstalled programs bundled with the Raspbian X night hawk and the i-Raspbian interface. One of the most useful programs being the Commander Pi, it allows you to monitor all the details of your Raspberry Pi and also allows you to directly overclock the Pi from the Commander Pi interface. Although a restart is required for the changes to apply. But it makes everything extremely simple and convenient. Another useful program is My Android which lets you mirror your android screen onto your Raspberry Pi.

  • Now, you can officially watch DRM content like Hulu, Netflix, etc, on your Raspberry Pi. For this, you need to go over to the Chromium (Media Edition) Web-browser, now for some reason they have included two versions of the Chromium Web-Browser, one with DRM enabled and one is the regular old Chromium for Raspberry Pi. Now, there is one thing to note that it is not HDR or 4k but it is good enough for a Raspberry Pi.

  • Apart from this RetroPie is still preinstalled and you can enjoy all those classic games directly from the Twister Launcher.


Installing Twister OS is just like installing any other Raspberry Pi OS formerly known as Raspbian. All you need to do is to download the Twister ISO image from this link:

Flash it onto an SD card using any image creator tool like etcher or the preinstalled tool that comes with any Linux distro and POP it in the Raspberry Pi, viola there you have it. There is no setup involved in this, make sure you use a minimum of 16GB SD card, it is not extremely necessary but it is highly recommended.


Although, technically Twister OS can be installed on a Raspberry Pi 3, it's is highly recommended to use it with a Raspberry Pi 4. As from the above mentioned points, it is pretty clear that some of the programs are a little bit resource heavy and also you will not get the smoothest user experience with the Raspberry Pi 3.

You can check out this link to learn more about the new Raspberry Pi 4 8GB RAM version:

Getting started

There is nothing much to explain to get started with the new Twister OS but here are some quick navigation tips:

Update the system:

The first thing you want to do is to make sure your system is up to date, to update your system open a terminal, and type in the following command.

sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get upgrade -y

changing the default password

This is highly advised that you change your default root password that is 'raspbian'.

To change the default password open up a terminal and type the following command

sudo passwd

You will be prompted to type in the new password for your Raspberry Pi. Make sure that you set a password that you can remember.

Swapping the themes:

To shift between both the themes there is an icon on the desktop that lets you do this seamlessly. All you need to do is to click on it and it will open up a terminal window give confirmation and it will automatically reboot the system.

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