Guides for product: Raspberry Pi Zero - Version 1.3

At first glance, the Pi Zero isn't much.  It just looks like a slimmed down version of the Raspberry Pi we know and love.  But when we started to think of the possibilities - and what a well-chosen set of accessories could add - we realized the appeal.  And then we saw the price...could it be true? Yes!

This is the slimmest, most pared down Raspberry Pi to date.  It's kind of like the little cousin to the Pi 2 - with just a micro SD card slot, a mini HDMI port, two micro USB ports (one for power, one for USB), and 512MB of RAM. It has a single-core 1 GHz processor chip, similar to the Pi A+ and B+. Check out our writeup on the Pi Zero over at the Adafruit Learning System

Note: This is NOT the new Pi Zero W. This is the original Pi Zero v1 model, which does not include built-in Bluetooth and WiFi. If you are trying to buy the trendy new Pi Zero W click here! Due to popular demand, there might be some delay in shipping products containing Pi Zero!

We think the Zero is a great sidekick for existing Raspberry Pi users. It requires a little more effort to get up and running than a Pi 2 but it also has a lot of potential for IoT, wearable, embedded and battery powered projects!

Adafruit is now selling version 1.3 of the Pi Zero.  Version 1.3 is updated to include a camera port.  The new Pi Zero camera port only works with a Raspberry Pi Zero Camera Cable.  It DOES NOT work with a standard Raspberry Pi Camera cable.

We also have a budget pack and starter pack with all the essentials to get your Zero up and running.

Please note - the Pi Zero is quite minimal and requires a few accessories to turn it into a computer!  At a minimum we recommend:

To keep the price and size as small as possible, there is a spot on the Zero for a 2x20 pin header. This header is not included or soldered on. Creative individuals can easily solder in a set of 2x20 male header strip so you can plug in any sort of Pi HAT or other plug-in topper.  Or, go with a 2x20 female header and plug the Pi Zero directly into an Adafruit Cobbler or T-Cobbler.  

We also strongly recommend some other parts and pieces to make your Pi Zero computing experience easier:

  • Pi Zero Protector - Keep your Pi Zero safe while handling with this simple sandwich-style acrylic case.
  • USB Powered Hub - So you can plug in any kind of USB devices without overloading the Zero's power supply. (You can also, ironically, power the Zero from the hub itself by plugging in a micro USB cable into the hub)
  • WiFi dongle - this chipset is the most common one used for the Raspberry Pi, works great!
  • Mini Wireless Keyboard w/Trackpad - Requires only one USB port, which makes it a great match for the Pi Zero
  • Wireless Keyboard + Mouse set - Also requires only one USB port, but for everyday use.
  • Pi Cobbler or T-Cobbler - When paired with the male or female 2x20 pin header, you can use your Zero with a breadboard to connect sensors, LEDs, motors and more!
  • Ethernet Hub and USB Hub w/ Micro USB OTG Connector - One can never have enough socks, or USB ports. Add some more USB and Ethernet capability to your Raspberry Pi Zero!

Please note: Some boards are made in the UK, some in China - we cannot guess or control which one you will receive.