Running Pd on a Raspberry Pi

This is great news : Pure data (Pd vanilla, the standard package, Miller Puckette‘s version) runs out of the box on a Raspberry Pi! No tweeks necessary.

Here’s what you need to do :

1) Buy a Raspberry Pi (see “Where to buy” in the column to the right of this page).

2) Put the standard OS (“Raspbian Wheezy”) on your SD card (downloads and directions to setup instructions available on this page).

3) Start your Pi, configure it, whatever suits your tastes and needs (that’s not in the scope of this post). Please note that the login is “Pi”, and the password “raspberry”.

4) in the Terminal, type : “sudo apt-get install puredata”, hit Enter (no password required), say yes whenever the terminal asks for it.

5) And that’s it. You can run Pd from the Application menu, in the Sound/Video (or something close) category. It uses Alsa by default and works fine with it.

The overall performance is quite low though…

Edit : I forgot : you should also follow this blog if you want more information on this topic : Limina.log .

Edit 2 : You can download a Raspbian image with Pd pre-installed + some presentations by Miller Puckette + his free book here : I haven’t tested it myself so I can’t tell you how it compares with the standard Raspbian image with Pd installed manually.

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13 Responses to Running Pd on a Raspberry Pi

  1. guitarman says:

    I’d be curious about this- do you have a video to show the performance? If it was reasonable I’d buy a Pi.

    Thanks for the info. 🙂

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  7. yazstone says:

    Wow, thanks for the info. I’ve got to check it out. I’m new to this.

  8. Hi! Do you know how the performance is going at this stage? I’d like to run PD in a RbP but I’m not sure how much I can do.Thanks!

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