Happy birthday to us!

It’s the Raspberry Pi’s third birthday today (or as near as we can get: we launched on February 29 in a leap year). To celebrate we’re having a huge party/conference/scrum over the weekend in Cambridge – we’ve sold 1,300 tickets and I’m currently hiding in the press room to get this post written. I’m on a really overloaded WiFi network, so I’m having trouble uploading pictures at the minute: we’ll have some for you next week. [Edited: here’s just one from this morning – we’ll have lots more to share soon!]

Experimenting with Sonic Pi in the beginners' workshop

Experimenting with Sonic Pi in the beginners’ workshop


Three years ago, we made 2,000 little computers, and I remember looking at the pallet, and thinking: “Cripes. Can’t believe we’ve made so many computers. That’s amazing.”

We’ve sold half a million of the things just this month. Thanks to everyone who’s joined us on this extraordinarily weird journey – you’re all brilliant.

This is becoming an annual tradition: Matt Timmons Brown, one of my favourite 15-year-olds, has made us another celebratory video. (Here’s last year’s.) Thank you Matt!




Łukasz avatar

Congratulations to your team !!

Raspberr Pi 2 just have arrived at my home it’s the second RPi I have and I’m very happy of this fact :)

paddyg avatar

as someone much wiser than me said:

b avatar

Happy Birthday and thank you for the raspberry pi! All of them A, B, A+, B+, 2B!

Gary Stewart avatar

Happy Birthday !!!

P.S. Now could you give everybody a nice present and publish
the full schematics for the B+ and Pi 2 ?


bertwert avatar

01001000 01100001 01110000 01110000 01111001 00100000 00110011 01110010 01100100 00100000 01000010 01101001 01110010 01110100 01101000 01100100 01100001 01111001 00101100 00100000 01010010 01100001 01110011 01110000 01100010 01100101 01110010 01110010 01111001 00100000 01010000 01101001 00100001

Goldie Wilson avatar


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Dougie avatar

Hmm, can’t work out what your Javascript is attempting to do.

Zilvinas avatar

It’s decoding the binary code to text :)

Ladyada avatar

Happy Birthday! A special thanks to Liz & Eben who have put some much care, love and daily determination in to something so good for so many people!

Liz Upton avatar

Thanks Limor! We miss you guys.

Tobias K avatar

Congratulations and many thanks for all you have accomplished and especially, all the benefits you have brought to the educational community at large. The Pi 2, in particular, has some amazing possibilities that we are already actively exploring. Here’s to a continued excellent future!

As a famous character said, “Live long and prosper.”

Raspberry Pi avatar

48 61 70 70 79 20 42 69 72 74 68 64 61 79 20 74 6f 20 74 68 65 20 52 61 73 70 62 65 72 72 79 20 50 69 20 66 6f 75 6e 64 61 74 69 6f 6e 21 !!!!
Happy Birthday to the Raspberry Pi foundation!

Van Gogan avatar

Raspberry Pi made a huge impact on my life! It reawaken my sense of curiosity, wonder … tinkering has opened a world of unlimited possibilities and what I had learnt in Xenix, Unix … had never actually left me at all. Here’s to many more birthdays of Raspberry Pi and many many more to come. I am eager to wait for the next announcement.

W. H. Heydt avatar

Hippo birdie two ewe!

William Bell avatar

Happy Birthday Raspberry Pi team! Sorry to be missing out this year. Hope that you’re having a blast this evening.

Jim Manley avatar

It’s a shame it had to happen in conjunction with our celebration, but Leonard Nimoy passed away on Friday, who was the actor who played Spock on the original “Star Trek” TV series and in the subsequent movies, among many other roles over the years. Many of us who witnessed the opening monologue in the pilot episode live in 1965 had their lives changed forever as we were to “boldly go where no man/one has gone before”. I can say with authority that exactly the same thing started at 6 AM GMT on February 29th of 2012 for what is now an unbelievable number of us that must now be at least a million, and we’re just getting started with the Pi 2, which is putting the Pi on the “stick” part of the hockey stick growth curve.

I believe I saw a Pi equipped with a sandwich on wheels in one of the many very enjoyable and reminiscent clips in Matt’s magnum opus video, and the music is more than infectious. So, the Pi has arrived and I’m getting an exponentially-growing number of requests to educate people about it.

Happy Boithday (as we say in “Joisey”, where I grew up) and “Live long and prosper” indeed, our very best Pi friends and family!

PsycoMen avatar

Remember wakeup at 5AM for the gran opening.

The website crash… it’s been 3 years… time goes by fast.

I have 40 PIs with 3G modem for remote support.

Best setup ever.

Eager for Compute Module 2…


Rob + kids avatar

WOW! what a day, 3D printers, tetris, hampster cam, naughty/nice detector, pizza, robots, chocolate pooping rabbit, space invaders, thermal printer, swag, cake, minecraft, game of life, scratch, ISS detectors, scratch connecting to GPIO pins to control traffic lights, soldering, jazz played via a lava lamp web cam, more robots, srcatch games, parcel the parcel where everyone was a winner of some really cool and totally random stuff, free drinks, did I mention 100s of pizzas? not to mention all the great staff and volunteers. And the kids second favourite (after space invaders) the really useless machine, they were conviced if they pushed the button enough times it would be unable to turn itself off. Thanks to everyone for making it such a great day!!

AndyD avatar

Happy Birthday Raspberry Pi. Hope everyone is having fun at the Birthday Party. Looking forward to seeing all the photographs and blogs.

MalMan35 avatar

Sorry I could not be there but I live in japan and I’m just a kid so I don’t have money to go fly there. :P hope you all have a great time. :D

AndrewS avatar

Great fun at the party :-)

Great video Matt! Brilliant overview of how “diversely” (is that a word?) the Pi is used.

Two years ago http://www.raspberrypi.org/happy-birthday-to-us/ Liz said “the community has grown from a tiny acorn, to a fascinating oak tree of people” – I think we have a whole forest now :-D

mahjongg avatar

happy birthday guys, sorry I could no be there!

BOB avatar

Happy birthday! And may the force be with you!

tzj avatar

Happy birthday!!!

raspiest avatar

Happy Birthday!!!

Gee 'The Rabid Inventor' avatar

That’s another great video from matt :), A Great event and Great people from the community have a great time

Tony In Australia avatar

Happy Birthday to each and every person who have brought us the Raspberry Pi. You should all be proud.
Having commissioned more than 40 Pi’s it’s been a wonderful three years. PS, much better than the Punch Cards I started with at University.
All the best from Tony in Australia.

Axel avatar

Happy Birthday Raspberry Pi !
I have been enjoying the ride so much and judging by the numbers i’m really wondering if we are witnessing a real shift in computing and internet. Are you the one who are going to be abble to give some flesh to the old dream of a really decentralised internet ?
I mean, how many of those Raspies are now turned into small server ?
At the beginning i was wondering about the lack of on/off switch but as server it makes so much sense.
Congrats you have done a fantastic job !

ColinD avatar

Happy Birthday! :)

Pete avatar

So Happy With My Pis (7 pi family with one rev02 board) … Thanks and cant wait for more!!


Ioannis avatar

Happy Birthday to you!!!
Warmest Regards
Pi Master

Luis Digital avatar

Congratulations from Dominican Republic!!!

Lee Wilkin avatar

Happy Birthday Raspberry Pi! :-) I hope that you’re all having a great deal of fun at the celebrations! :-)

I’m just as excited about Raspberry Pi as I was 3 years ago. :-) You’ve come so far with hardware, software, educational projects, etc.; but one thing has always been in my mind – the marvellous people who started, developed, maintained and evolved Raspberry Pi through it amazing iterations. YOU make Raspberry Pi so special and I (along with millions of other geeks) wish you every success and happiness in the future. :-)

P.S. I’m so looking forward to blog posts / photos / video of your party over the coming week!

Victor Angelo A. Panaligan avatar

Congrats!:) Happy Birthday RPi! [:{)

The Raspberry Pi Guy avatar

Happppyyyyy Birthddaaayyyyy!

*One* of your favourite 15 year olds?! Surely *the* favourite 15 year old?! ;-)

Hove avatar

What an amazing gig! Aaron and the live guitar – I stood there in awe for ages. And the Raspberry Pi beer – yummy, and the throne, wow! What a fantastic experience. Looking forward to the first (true) birthday next year.

Oh, did I mention the pass the parcel and goodie bag? Thanks to Mike and Tim and everyone under the covers for organising such an amazing event.

Oh, and Happy Birthday RPF!

greg avatar

Happy Birthday Raspberry Pi, Just had an amazing time at your birthday party,as a born again electronic enthusiast I was impressed with the extremely warm and welcoming reception at your party. Fired up and ready to go further into the world of Pi

Alan McC avatar

Wow. Just wow. Bon anniversaire & félicitations to all involved from near or far. The adventure is only getting started. About to fly home after an amazing weekend at the party event. See you all soon!
à+ A.

aremvee avatar

Impressive numbers, though modest against the likes of Apple. However the devs in that quarter are playing with UIWatchKit and UIHomeKit and UIHealthKit, and the piece of the puzzle that is missing is a Pi-like hardware interface. Many believe it will be the next gen Apple TV. They may even make it hackable in a cute sort of way.

Given The Woz’s public excitement some months back over the R.Pi, I would say the market research eyes are looking v-e-r-y closely indeed from cupertino right now.

Anyway never mind the quality, feel the width and have some more cake.

aremvee avatar

and there won’t be a single one per house . I Think they’ll make light switches ( 110v – 240v right there ) for every room that needs “thingternetting” with GPIO tucked safely in the wall cavity, & they’ll work in distributed fashion.
just my 02c

Stewart Watkiss avatar

Happy birthday to the Raspberry Pi!

We were only able to get to the party on Sunday, but it was great to come down and see some of the projects and learn more about Sonic Pi etc.

Well done to Mike and all the others that had obviously put a lot of time and effort into organising the event. It was extremely well organised. Thanks!

Babbage enjoyed the day too – here’s a picture of Babbage in his party gear:
Photo of Babbage in his party hat

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Vincent Willcox avatar

A quick short video of people running robots on the obstacle course on Saturday

If you want to download it to mash it up – available in 4K download here:


laurent avatar

Happy birthday to Rapsberry Pi / Joyeux anniversaire au Raspberry Pi ;)

the electronic inventor avatar

Happy birthday raspberry pi!!

Great raspberry pi powered cars in the video!

SongShuang avatar

Happy birthday! I am so glad that I can own my raspberry pi at its 3 years-old birthday.

Charles Stewart avatar


The link to TinyBASIC for Raspberry Pi (at http://www.raspberrypi.org/tinybasic-for-raspberry-pi/) is broken. Has the download moved, or is no longer available?

BTW, sorry to ask this here… I wasn’t able to comment on the original post, and there does not seem to be a way to contact you other than by commenting on a blog post.


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