Getting Started

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Update Your Pi to the Latest Raspbian

Your Pi will need to be running the latest version of Raspbian. This tutorial was written using Raspbian Stretch (Nov. 2018). Checkout our guide for Preparing an SD Card for your Raspberry Pi if you have not done so already. After the installation is complete be sure and run the following commands to make sure your installation packages are up to date. 

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$ sudo apt-get update -y
$ sudo apt-get upgrade -y

Install pip3

pip3 is already installed with a full Raspbian installation, but the Raspbian Lite does not include pip3 so it needs to be installed as shown below.

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$ sudo apt-get install python3-pip

Install adafruit-blinka

We are using the CircuitPython Libraries that are part of adafruit-blinka. If you have any trouble with the following command see CircuitPython Libraries on Raspberry Pi to get a fresh Raspberry Pi setup.

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$ sudo pip3 install adafruit-blinka
This guide was first published on Dec 20, 2012. It was last updated on Dec 20, 2012. This page (Getting Started) was last updated on Nov 29, 2019.