Retreiving your Adafruit IO Key

You will need your Adafruit IO key to connect your Raspberry Pi to Adafruit IO. To get your key, log in to Adafruit IO and click the AIO KEY button on the right hand side of the window.

A window will pop up with your Adafruit IO. Keep a copy of this in a safe place. We'll need it later.

Creating a New Dashboard & Feed

For this project, we will be creating a new dashboard and feed. First will need to navigate to the dashboards section of Adafruit IO.

Once you have navigated to the dashboard section, click the New Dashboard button on the top right of the window. Give your dashboard a name. In this example, we will be using Pi GIF as the dashboard name.

You will be redirected to your new dashboard after creating it. You will now need to add a text block to your dashboard. To do that, click the New Block button on the top right of the window.

A menu with block options will pop up, and you will need to select the Create New Text (HELLO WORLD!) option at the bottom right of the list of buttons.

You will then be presented with the configuration options for the text block. First you will need to create a new feed. Enter PiGIF the Create New Feed text box at the bottom of the second column and click CREATE NEW FEED.

After creating the new feed, click on the name of that feed in the Select Data section of the second column.

Enter the URL of your favorite Animated GIF in the third column under Block Text, and click CREATE BLOCK.

You can then click the EDIT button on the left hand side of the dashboard and resize the text block so you can see the entire URL. Click DONE EDITING when you are finished.

Next we will go through the software you will need to install on your Raspberry Pi.

This guide was first published on Mar 14, 2015. It was last updated on Mar 14, 2015.

This page (Adafruit IO Setup) was last updated on Mar 28, 2021.

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