The 50 greatest Pi projects ever in The MagPi 50

Rob from The MagPi here! We’re absolutely thrilled finally to be able to share with you The MagPi 50, our landmark issue with a super special feature on the 50 greatest Raspberry Pi projects of all time, the top 20 of which were voted on by you, the Raspberry Pi community.

The MagPi magazine issue 50: silver text on the cover reads "50 greatest Raspberry Pi projects"

The MagPi 50, out right this instant

As well as the thousands who voted, we had a panel of judges choosing the best projects in a few special categories. Eben Upton, the man behind Raspberry Pi, gave us his picks of software projects. Philip Colligan, CEO of the Raspberry Pi Foundation, carefully selected some incredible humanitarian projects. Liz Upton, Director of Communications/my boss, made some tough decisions in the young makers category. Finally, Michael Horne and Tim Richardson of CamJam and Pi Wars fame presided over the Pi robots.

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Hopefully your favourite project made its way into the top 50! It was a hard task whittling it down to this number, and to be perfectly honest we could probably feature another 50 projects next month that are equally good. The Raspberry Pi community has done some incredible things over the last four years and change, and I’m immensely proud that we can share some of the outstanding work you folk have done in this issue.


But wait, there’s more! As well as our big community celebration, we also have our usual selection of excellent tutorials, news, and reviews. If the reveal of USB and Ethernet booting on Pi 3 piqued your interest a few weeks ago, we have a full eight-page guide on how you can do that yourself. We cover the #10MillionPi event at the Houses of Parliament in the news, along with some wonderful Raspberry Pi-powered tech that’s being used in the health industry.

Also, here’s Mike’s dancing skeleton from the Pi Bakery, in plenty of time for you to get your own spooky version ready for Halloween. We love it.

You can grab The MagPi 50 in stores today: it’s in WHSmith, Tesco, Sainsbury’s, and Asda in the UK, and it will be in Micro Center and selected Barnes & Noble stores when it comes to America. You can also buy the print edition online from our store, and it’s available digitally on our Android and iOS app.

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We hope you enjoy this issue. We’re off for a cup of tea. See you soon!


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angussidney avatar

Congratz to the MagPi team on a fantastic 50 issues and plenty more to come. Thankyou for all your hard work and dedication.

John avatar

I just want y’all to know…the amount of Star Trek in your blog posts makes me very happy. Don’t ever change! :)

Carl Jacobsen avatar

“Agreed,” as Jean-Luc would say. :)

Gaby avatar

when you will launch the new RASPBERRY PI

Carl Jacobsen avatar

There has been some rumblings that the Pi model 3A might appear by the end of this year (but don’t hold your breath). That will simply be an updated version of the model A+. And the CM3 (Compute Module 3) will likely appear sometime after that. It will simply be the existing Compute Module updated with the Pi3’s processor.

You can consider these to be oft-repeated rumors – there are no guarantees, though they are based on things that people from the Foundation once said. And nobody from the Foundation is going to give you any more concrete of an answer until, at some date in the future, they say, “today we are releasing the (whatever).” They don’t like to pre-announce. And that goes triple for any replacement for the current Pi 3B or Pi Zero – they’re not going to tell anything until it’s ready, and that’s probably at least a couple years away.

bensimmo avatar

But what did just sneak in is an updated revision to the Pi2B to v1.2 with the newer processor that is on the Pi3B

Rob Zwetsloot avatar

We actually have a letter about this in the mag – CM3 is coming first and I believe is soon. 3A is on the cards, that’s not just a rumour, however not sure when it will be out

Kostis avatar

I don’t know about you but I’ve already set my calendar event on March 1st for the Raspberry Pi 4. I think there is a trend to be had here for the birthdays of the Pi, and I’m so hoping that it will be equiped with 2GB of RAM or more, because Mathematica eats up memory like candies. Using 1GB of swap file on an SD is NOT fun…

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