All change: meet the new MagPi!

Some of you may have sniffed this in the wind: there have been some changes at The MagPi, the community Raspberry Pi magazine. The MagPi has been run by volunteers, with no input from the Foundation, for the last three years. Ash Stone, Will Bell, Ian McAlpine and Aaron Shaw, who formed the core editorial team, approached us a few months ago to ask if we could help with what had become a massive monthly task; especially given that half the team has recently changed jobs or moved overseas.

We had a series of discussions, which have resulted in the relaunch of the MagPi you see today. Over the last few months we’ve been working on moving the magazine in-house here at the Foundation. There’s a lot that’s not changing: The MagPi is still your community magazine; it’s still (and always) going to be available as a free PDF download (CC BY-NC-SA 3.0); it’s still going to be full of content written by you, the community.

We don’t make any money out of doing this. Even if in the future we make physical copies available in shops, we don’t expect to break even on the magazine; but we think that offline resources like this are incredibly important for the community and aid learning, so we’re very happy to be investing in it.

Russell Barnes, who has ten years of experience editing technology magazines, has joined us as Managing Editor, and is heading up the magazine. He’s done an incredible job over the last couple of months, and I’m loving working with him. Russell says:

I’m really excited to be part of The MagPi magazine.

Like all great Raspberry Pi projects, The MagPi was created by a band of enthusiasts that met on the Raspberry Pi forum. They wanted to make a magazine for fellow geeks, and they well and truly succeeded. 

It might look a bit different, but the new MagPi is still very much a magazine for and by the Raspberry Pi community. It’s also still freely available under a Creative Commons license, so you can download the PDF edition free every issue to share and remix.

The MagPi is now a whopping 70 pages and includes a mix of news, reviews, features and tutorials for enthusiasts of all ages. Issue 31 is just a taste of what we’ve got in store. Over the coming months we’ll be showing you how the Raspberry Pi can power robots, fly to the edge of space and even cross the Atlantic!

The biggest thanks, of course, has to go to Ash, Will, Ian, Aaron and everybody else – there are dozens of you – who has worked on The MagPi since the beginning. You’ve made something absolutely remarkable, and we promise to look after The MagPi just as well as you have done.

So – want to see the new issue? Here it is! Click to find a download page.




David Honess avatar

The magazine looks amazing folks, congratulations to all involved!
Loving the four page Astro Pi write up too! :)

Rachel Rayns avatar

and well done Ben for getting the new website ready to go :)

Nic avatar

If I click through to the download page, and then click on the “About Us” menu link, it does work but I also get a message: A username and password are being requested by The site says: “staging”

Probably an unimportant resource somewhere that got missed. Over to you Ben!

Liz Upton avatar

Yup – we spotted that. Ben’s out at a conference today, but we’ve mailed him already. Thank you for the spot!

Ben Nuttall avatar


Nic avatar

Ben is never where he is supposed to be ;-)

Ben avatar

The important question – is it still made on Raspberry Pis? :-)

Ben Nuttall avatar

Not all of it. But I’m sure that was always the case :)

Aaron avatar

You are right there. Although only out of necessity (i.e. forgetting your RasPi and doing some last minute work on a linux vm)

Probably about 90% or more of the Scribus production was done on Pi.

But anyway – the benefit of the new look magazine far outweighs the “nice to have” of all/most production being on the Pi (IMO).

Ian avatar

I can quite truthfully say that all the articles I laid out, the graphics I created and the articles I wrote for The MagPi were all 100% created using my Raspberry Pi with Scribus, GIMP and LibreOffice. It was tough generating some of the PDFs in the early issues with only 256MB RAM, but the Raspberry Pi 2 made creating Issue 30 a lot easier!
Congratulations and good luck with The MagPi.

Alan Mc avatar

Wow, just wow. The MagPi has always been great and now it’s even better. So many exciting announcements. =o)

Well done to the old and the new.

Aaron avatar

I should probably stop reading everyone’s nice comments and get on with some work…

A mixture of the fun I have had on The MagPi over the last 2.5 years and the sheer awesomeness of the new look magazine* means I am holding back tears.

Thanks for taking this on guys. I will be reading this every month with a huge amount of pride. The Raspberry Pi community is the best I have ever seen/known!

*(and a little bit of relief to not have any more MagPi work to do – good luck Russell!)

Liz Upton avatar

We’ll see you tomorrow, Aaron!

Aaron avatar

Yes indeed…super excited!

(And busy confusing everyone about what the hell PiJuice might be)

ColinD avatar

I was assuming PiJuice tastes of… well, raspberries ;)

Well done on the new-look magazine Russell, Ben, et al.

It’s been great working on The MagPi for the last couple of years. Hope to contribute to the new magazine in the future.

Martin OHanlon avatar

Or Pie’s. Mmm Pie juice.

Aaron avatar

To be honest, I would not recommend eating (or drinking) PiJuice.

You might end up with, at best, a sore tummy. I am not sure I want to know what the worst case scenario would be :-)

John avatar

Fantastic! Congratulations MagPi!

David Robottom avatar

Up to now I have printed out the download PDF as an A5 booklet but as the Magpi PDF is issued as a landscape double page this is not now possible. While the new format is better for on screen viewing it makes printing off problematic.

roger smith avatar

Please go back to single page setup as per all previous editions

Chris avatar


Great content in the new look magazine, but do please at least offer the download as a single page pdf format. The new format can’t be printed as an A5 booklet which was a perfect size, and it is pretty hard to read as a pdf on an iPad or other tablet without scrolling around the whole time. Thanks

Paul Jordan avatar

I second that – Looks great but single page format please. I read this on a tablet.

Johan Swenker avatar

I also prefer one page per page format. So I searched for some help. And I found that tells me how to split the pdf file into separate pages. The resulting script is:

gs \
-o left-sections.pdf \
-sDEVICE=pdfwrite \
-c “<> setpagedevice” \
-f $MagPi

gs \
-o right-sections.pdf \
-sDEVICE=pdfwrite \
-c “<> setpagedevice” \
-f $MagPi

pdftk \
A=left-sections.pdf \
B=right-sections.pdf \
shuffle A1 A2-end B2-$PAGECOUNT \
output The-$MagPi \
compress verbose

Ben Nuttall avatar

The issue is now available as a single page PDF:

Leo Leibovici avatar

Thanks Ben

That’s great. Can read it on my tablet now.


jan rasmussen avatar

Thanke you vert much foe the singelpage format

George Nozicka avatar

Thanks so much for the quick response. You folks are great!

SomeOldGuy avatar

THANK YOU! Sorry for shouting; I was just so excited. The MagPi is always always entertaining and informative.

Keith Carscadden avatar

Another thanks. Such a quick response.


Iver Thuesen avatar


Thanks a lot.

But it seems as the link doesn’t work (anymore).
Hope you can fix it.

Best regards,

Iver Thuesen avatar

Hi again,

Sorry, I was to fast with the broken link – it seems as the main download now is pointing to the one page per page version.

That’s great – thank you very much.

Best regards,

Sean McManus avatar

Congratulations to everyone who’s worked on the old and new versions of The MagPi. It’s a great magazine, a real return to hands-on practical computing mags packed with ideas, and it perfectly encapsulates what the Raspberry Pi community is all about.

ColinD avatar

Absolutely. It was the practical and fun “try this code out” atmosphere of The MagPi that drew me in from day one.

Aaron avatar

Same here. I used it to get my first pi set up.


George Nozicka avatar

The new MagPi looks great BUT it’d be more practical for users like me to have the PDF set up as single pages rather than as facing pages. I like to download MagPi and put it on my iPad for reference. The two facing pages, however, are much too small for my aging eyes. Please reconsider.

oranda avatar

I wholeheartedly agree, the scrolling single page is ideal for on screen access. Presumably the double page spread works for printing hard copy, but not for e-reading.

Peter Jones avatar

Well done to everyone involved. This really is 10/10 in terms of presentation and layout. Its very readable, and will be going on my Nexus so I can read on the train!

Thank you.

Dave Lee avatar

Wow, miles better guys. The old one was fine but this one is great. It reminds me of my old Spectrum mags. Good work!

SteveDee avatar

It’s probably because I am a very old person, but I don’t like the new pdf layout.

A lot of the text is too small, so with suitable zoom applied, I have to read down an even number page, slide across to an odd page, then scroll up to find the top of that page, and read down the odd page, then scroll across for next even number page. Repeat pageNo/2 times.

So, I would much prefer one page after another, where text can be read without zooming beyond ‘Fit to Page Width’.

pithagoros avatar

I would be very happy to pay for a postal subscription if it eventually scales up to printing.

Ian Wilkinson avatar


Is there a printable version for those of use with duplex printers?

I wanted to give my Offspring something to read on the 1.5 hours drive to Cambridge on Sunday :-)

AndrewS avatar

No magpie logo on the front cover anymore? Or is that all part of the “rebranding”? still links to the “old” MagPi website.

Only had a quick skim through it, but it all looks very slick :-)

Will the “source articles” still be available or only the final output PDF?

Ben Nuttall avatar

We’re going to give the MagPi a bigger profile on that page soon.

The source won’t be on GitHub due to changes in the editing process but we’ll still use it for code and things for tutorials.

cdu13a avatar

I kind of liked the source being available, it made it much easier to create a single resouce out of a series of articles that spanned multiple issues. It was also handy having a copy of just the article with the example code as well.

If it is not possible to provide the source files for the articles on github, could we find another way to cover some of the same use cases. Maybe pdf files of just the article, could cover some of the uses of the source files?

Paulo Garcia avatar

Hi, I am a big fan of the magazine and I am happy to see it is now backed up by Raspberry PI Foundation.

It is hard to criticize something made “out of love” like this magazine, but I have one complain though. I am disappointed with issue #31 layout. Please, don’t layout the PDF with 2-pages like the issue #31. This is not suitable for tablets, which I believe a lot of people use as reading device. Or at least, if you think this new layout should stay, make a 2nd version with 1-page layout as well.



Winkleink avatar

For PDF is it possible to do single pages. Best screen viewing and also means content can be reused like the following link where I took the first 15 issues of The MagPi and extracted the Scratch columns only to ale a dedicated resource.

With this new layout remixing like this mean having to get the original files and building it all again from scratch.
Not as by-nc-sa/3.0 friendly as it could be

John-Paul avatar

Really like the polish of the new MagPi. It was always a great magazine, but the spit shine just took it up a noch.

However, not thrilled with the side-by-side layout of the PDF. Makes it a lot harder to read.

John-Paul avatar

Just to clarify, I am not suggesting two different layouts, one with two-page backgrounds and a second for single-page backgrounds. Just a single file PDF for browsers and tablets. I really like the two-page backgrounds.

Alan Russell avatar

I second this one page at a time please. BAD decision.

Andrew Pattison avatar

Fantastic news that the MagPi’s future has been assured. The new cover looks great too. Congratulations to all involved in this development!

Leo Leibovici avatar

Sorry to gripe, but I have to agree with others the format of two facing pages, makes it very difficult to view on a tablet.
Please can we have an alternative format.


Bob Coleman avatar

Will there be a tablet friendly version?

Unlike the previous issues there is a lot of scrolling and zooming to view this.

Iver Thuesen avatar

I have to howl with the others requesting the one page per page format back – it’s difficult to read the new layout on ordinary screens and with tablets it’s almost impossible or at least very cumbersome.
Please, let us have the old format back again.

Thank you.


SomeOldGuy avatar

Am I the only person who loves the foundation, yet thinks the old look of the MagPi was more appealing? From my point of view, the gigantic photos, spread over more than one page, add nothing to the appeal of the magazine and make it much more difficult to read on my tablet. I know all the “real” magazines like that sort of thing. I guess I’m not “A Dedicated Follower of Fashion,” but maybe I’m not alone?

The Raspberry Pi Guy avatar

Oooooo! I am in it! Great stuff all round!


deafllama avatar

I would like to thank the original Magpi team for the huge amount of work they conducted to produce 30 issues of the magazine. Definitely, Magpi has been a significant factor in attracting people to the Raspberry Pi and almost every single issue was produced on time – absolutely amazing activity by a volunteer team. You all deserve awards from the Raspberry Pi Foundation.


Roger Woollett avatar

Yet another plea for the old single page format. I use Adobe reader on a PC and select “two page view”. This works just fine. The new format I find much more difficult to read despite it being two pages wide.

deafllama avatar

I support the comments about make the new Magpi single A4 pages. I have just printed it out and it is really hard to read with A5 pages – particularly lines of programming. My vision is normal.


Ian Mcalpine avatar

*SHAMELESS PLUG* To celebrate the new MagPi, the old MagPi team are going to print Issue 30 (the last “classic” issue) and give it for free to all backers of our Volume 3 Kickstarter as a thank you to all our many friends and fans.

Donnie Darko avatar

Great job! I have a question though: Who do potential contributors now contact? Still [email protected] or…?

Aaron avatar

I believe it is [email protected] or alternatively use the contact form at

Łukasz Oleś avatar

Great news! Is there any chance for e-book format? Like in Linux Voice?
MagPi in the new format is a little challenging to read, I think I need better glasses now ;)

Ioannis avatar

Magazine looks amazing!!!
Congratulations to the MagPi Team !!!!

Warmest Regards

JBeale avatar

The new issue looks very well done and I’m sure it would look great in print. It is at least readable on a 15-inch laptop screen; having a single-page PDF option would be great also.

x422man avatar

Great job, but i also would love to see the old single page format return. so much easier to read

Richard avatar

Great news, I have always been very impressed at the quality of the mag from the get go.
Has always had the ‘Sinclair User’ feel to it. Love it. :)

John Rebert avatar

Sorry, to hard to read on my laptop screen. Single-page PDF please, this is a nice looking proof of your design skills but it’s not readable.

martin avatar

Please, one page a time!
It’s very difficult to view on a tablet.

Rex Roper avatar

I love everything Raspberry Pi. Most of all, the revitalization of interest in computer programming. I bought my very first computer in 1983 and it was the Timex/Sinclair 1000 (Z81 for US Market) and IMHO was the very best home computer ever! Along with the home computers were the monthly magazines we would purchase at the drug store (same place I purchased my Z81!). The Raspberry Pi and The MagPi Magazine are just about as equivalent to what I, and countless others like Eben, experienced in the 1980’s as it could be.

It is with my dedication and love that I too must offer constructive criticism regarding the new layout for the magazine. I have surpassed the double nickel stage in life (55) and I am having a hard time reading Issue 31, even with my readers on.

A very big thank you from my heart to all who have provided the Raspberry Pi and The MagPi Magazine! You may have possibly turned the world in a more positive direction.

Tim Richardson avatar

It’s so beautiful! Well done, Raspberry Pi team!

Tel Monks avatar

Not yet available via the iPad newsstand?
I hope this gets done, but without seeing it. I fear the two-page format will not work on an iPad mini.

Russell Barnes avatar

Unfortunately Apple take up to 20 days to approve the ‘first’ issue of a magazine (but it will hopefully be available by next weekend).

Newsstand editions need to be presented to a particular format and spec, so if you’re already a happy reader of other Newsstand magazines on the iPad Mini, you should be happy with our one.

Max Power avatar

Does this mean that there won’t be any more episodes of the podcast?

Andrew Pattison avatar

You might want to put a redirect in place on the old website.

rich avatar

Please also maintain the old RSS feed [1] or at least have a separate feed only for TheMagPi announcements. There is only an empty comments feed [2] on the new TheMagPi website.


alex avatar

what’s happened with ash Stone, i found nothing about him in the new mag.
he was/is the friendly face i liked if i open the mag, hope he was not fired

Ash Stone avatar

Hi Alex,

Definitely not fired, thanks for your concern!

My ‘real job’ has meant I have had to step back from The MagPi, trusting it in the safe hands of the Foundation. I hope to still be around in the capacity of writing articles.

Thanks for all your support in making The MagPi great.



Liz Upton avatar

We are *DEFINITELY* going to be twisting the arms of all of the old guard into writing articles now they’re not editing any more. Ash: I believe we made a date to meet on another beach soon. I’ll nobble you if we’re in your part of the world soon.

Michael Horne avatar

Looks amazing, guys. Very professional.

tzj avatar

I’m a little bummed at not receiving the memo but i am glad to see the magpi be given its official status!

(I’d better change my job status on fb to not get into any legal niggles)

Mark Stevens avatar

Latest edition has a fresh look and feel to it.

One thought though, the new PDF format (double page spread) is unreadable on an iPad. The old Single page view was very readable on a portable device.


Zachary Igielman avatar

Fantastic work! Love the design. The article about me is great xD

Let me know if you want me to help by writing articles, compiling and proof-reading!

So when can we get our print copies and where? Is it going to be in WHSmiths?

Awesome work! Very exciting! Well done all ;-)

Russell Barnes avatar

Thanks Zach!

Have a think about what you’re like to do and give me a shout!

Anyone who’d like to contribute to The MagPi can get in touch via

Ps. We’re sticking with digital for now, but you never know ;)

Liz Upton avatar

See you tomorrow Zach!

The print version won’t be coming out for a couple more issues; there are a number of elusive ducks that need putting in a row first, but we’ll definitely be there by the summer.

aremvee avatar

The number of comments that posts receive isn’t always an indication of their importance, but 70 posts as i write this is deservedly congratulating to the team and the foundation for supporting it

Bob avatar

Don’t like the new layout – single page layout please!!!

Russell Barnes avatar

In case you missed the message from Ben earlier on, issue 31 of the new-look MagPi is now available in single page layout!

The Newsstand editions for iOS and Android will also be single page layout too (as is the way), or at least it will when Apple press their shiny ‘go’ button!

Hope you enjoy the magazine!

zoel avatar

nice cover and very retro style ;-)

Gary avatar

Thank you all so much for providing MagPi thus far and in the future! There are many good hints, tips and project examples. I look forward a the new issue every month! Thanks again for all the hard word and to those that have made it possible.

Jeff (fos) avatar

The RaspberryPi Foundation never ceases to amaze!

Congratulations! Thank you for continuing this tradition.

Ian Binnie avatar

Sorry to add a negative note, but why change the format? Which world do the Foundation live in? Many magazines are abandoning their print versons. Most books are now sold in epub or similar formats for reading on a tablet, yet the Magpi is produced in a format suitable only for printing. It is unreadable on an iPad mini. (I note that there is now a single page format, but this still leaves a lot to be desired.) Adopt a more modern format designed for different size devices. PS The Magpi page needs an update to describe the changes.

bob_binz avatar

Looking good. The team have done a great job over the last three (three? really? where has the time gone?) years. Does this mean there is no longer a requirement for my index?

bob_binz avatar

Meh…made a mess of the link :( try this one!

Russell Barnes avatar

It’s a great index of all the original MagPi content (and it helped immensely when I was doing my research). It would be a shame to see it disappear!

oranda avatar

Stylistically I think the design team lost the plot somewhat. The raspberry pi is directed towards the young and computer naive, as well as the techie enthusiasts. The charm of the old Magpi magazine was its almost Beano and Dandy style of comic which drew in young and old alike with its familiar and almost laughable simplicity. It was light, friendly and inviting. A good read or something to flick through.

This new offering has an international clinical feel of many high street magazines and has most of the their rigid cold charm. I don’t warm to the new layout, which seems to be an exercise in DTP skills rather than attracting more young or silver haired users.

Give it some thought and don’t forget the roots of the pi movement.

tin hat on and waiting …

Stephan Ditz avatar

the magazine is brilliant, however I preferred the single page layout as well. (I printed some pages for my son from time to time. I tried to download the one page version from the link below:

but I got a 404 error when I try. Can you please check and send the correct link.

Best regards


Ian avatar

Hi Stephan

Just use the regular download link. The original 2 page format has now been replaced with the single page format (bravo!).

Tonygo2 avatar

Great new look and twice the size.
I’m also delighted to see that there are more articles aimed at the beginner and intermediate levels and that code can now be downloaded. This should improve the initial success rate and remove the need to search for typos.

Fester Bestertester avatar

PDF glitch?

URLs don’t work.

Websites/links seem to have been highlighted (bold) but are not active (clickable). This should be possible, as it was in previous issues. I note there that the links were shown as full URLs; this is not necessary for format purposes: the text shown (bold) need only be descriptive of the underlying URL. This is so in HTML, and translates into PDF too.

Hoping for better in next issue(s)…

Martin Wickham avatar

Great issue, love the new look. Can we assume that future issues are no longer going to be free as page 5 shows an advert for a subscription coming soon with a 45% saving?

I am usually against digital subscriptions as I would rather have a physical magazine in my hands. I would consider buying a hard copy of this magazine, is that on the cards too?

Keep up the good work!

Liz Upton avatar

No, future issues are going to be free.

Ben Nuttall avatar

PDF downloads will be free. It’ll be available to buy from the Android and Apple app stores, and in hard print too (with subscription options).

Fester Bestertester avatar

Great! Just viewed single-page version, and it’s a much more pleasant experience (Desktop Kubuntu,Okular reader).
Paths must have crossed; see my previous post, URLs still not working.


Sven avatar

Dear Raspberry Pi Foundation,

the new design and layout of the magazine looks very professional – congratulations.

Will the source of the design / template be available? My idea is to *remake* the older issues with the new design.

Best regards

Paul Milton avatar

Great to see MagPi entering a new phase-I’ve read it since #1 and I’ve even understood some of it. It looks really smart in its new guise. A couple of slight gripes: contents spread over 3 pages may look pretty but doesn’t help old gits like me see what’s what at a glance, and some of the reviews read more like ads. Also large areas of colour with white print waste my ink (guess who’s a mean old git then).

Adobe reader App on a hudl2 handles 1 or 2 page formats a treat so just take your pick!

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