Ten millionth Raspberry Pi, and a new kit

When we started Raspberry Pi, we had a simple goal: to increase the number of people applying to study Computer Science at Cambridge. By putting cheap, programmable computers in the hands of the right young people, we hoped that we might revive some of the sense of excitement about computing that we had back in the 1980s with our Sinclair Spectrums, BBC Micros and Commodore 64s.

At the time, we thought our lifetime volumes might amount to ten thousand units – if we were lucky. There was was no expectation that adults would use Raspberry Pi, no expectation of commercial success, and certainly no expectation that four years later we would be manufacturing tens of thousands of units a day in the UK, and exporting Raspberry Pi all over the world.

Less than ten million Raspberry Pis

The first two thousand Raspberry Pis. Each Pi in this pallet now has 5000 siblings.

With this in mind, you can imagine how strange it feels to be able to announce that over the last four and a half years we’ve sold a grand total of ten million Raspberry Pis. Thanks to you, we’ve beaten our wildest dreams by three orders of magnitude, and we’re only just getting started. Every time you buy a Raspberry Pi, you help fund both our ongoing engineering work, and our educational outreach programs, including Code Club and Picademy.

Very early on, we decided that we would offer the bare-bones Raspberry Pi board without accessories: that way, cost-conscious customers get the lowest possible price, provided they can beg or borrow USB peripherals, a power supply and an SD card. Over the years, Raspberry Pi distributors have built on this, producing some fantastic bundles for people who would rather get everything they need from a single source.

To celebrate the ten millionth Raspberry Pi, for the first time we’ve put together our own idea of what the perfect bundle would look like, creating the official Raspberry Pi Starter Kit.

The starter kit, unboxed and ready to go

The starter kit, unboxed and ready to go

Inside the minimalist white box (like the official case, another beautiful Kinneir Dufort design), you’ll find:

  • A Raspberry Pi 3 Model B
  • An 8GB NOOBS SD card
  • An official case
  • An official 2.5A multi-region power supply
  • An official 1m HDMI cable
  • An optical mouse and a keyboard with high-quality scissor-switch action
  • A copy of Adventures in Raspberry Pi Foundation Edition

This is an unashamedly premium product: the latest Raspberry Pi, official accessories, the best USB peripherals we could find, and a copy of the highest-rated Raspberry Pi book. The kit is available to order online in the UK from our partners element14 and RS Components, priced at £99+VAT, and will be coming to the rest of the world, and to your favourite reseller, over the next few weeks.


John Cole avatar

What a beautiful starter kit! Great work!

Gordon Hollingworth avatar


That is what we were aiming for when we first started the development of the starter kit. It has been in the oven for as long as the case (now three and a half years) so its a slow burner!


Cpt James Purcell avatar

Just like the Apple packaging, this is a perfect example of Less = More.

Such a nice design, unlike the last RPI kit I brought, this has a box that is just to nice to throw away.

Jeff avatar

Any update on when this kit will be available in the US?

Eryk of Chrome avatar

That looks to be a very cool setup – maybe its time to refresh my original model B?

Eben Upton avatar

I think now might be a good time. There’s about a factor of ten performance improvement waiting for you.

Sean McManus avatar

Congratulations. Here’s to the next ten million!

Marco Tini avatar

Congratulations! I’m one of that!

Mike Smythe avatar

I bought a first-gen first run and recently upgraded to the Pi3. I have many computers but my pies are my favorites :) And they cost less than a third of what my G700s (laser mouse) cost. Amazing.

Stefan Misch avatar

I’d like to know the current status of PiZero production. Is the ramp up doing fine? The shops that sell them still offer only 1 per customer and the number of shops is very small.

Matt Richardson avatar

Yes, progress is being made here. In fact, we just added another distributor, CanaKit: http://www.canakit.com/raspberry-pi-zero.html

Alex Bate avatar

Stefan, you can also check http://whereismypizero.com/ at any time for Zero availability.

mahjongg avatar

According to that site all three vendors have them in stock now, and I presume Canakit will soon be added to the site as a fourth vendor.

Also I heard that some vendors are loosening their just one zero per customer policy.

Carl Jacobsen avatar

From what I’ve seen, thus far only MicroCenter has removed the 1-per-customer bar (with higher pricing for multiples, which I think is oddly reasonable). The problem is, MicroCenter has only a handful of stores across the US – I’m in the US’s 8th largest city (San Diego), and the nearest store is a 3-4 hour round trip (if traffic is favorable).

There are two “needs”: 1) to get a Pi Zero at all (and it makes me very happy that most of the online sellers – Adafruit here in the US – can keep them consistently in stock), and 2) to be able to get them “on a whim” (that is, get one today if I suddenly think up a new project) – the options there – keeping an extra on hand at all times, or devoting most of a day to going to MicroCenter – are less appealing. Would love to eventually see the Pi Zero in stock at Radio Shack. Someday maybe.

As to this new kit, it looks fabulous. Will the officially anointed keyboard be available separately? Also, I was a bit surprised the Official Display is not part of the package. Do you think there may be a kit that included it in the future?

Hank avatar

Hey neighbor I’m in the same boat (SD). I just wish Fry’s would start carrying the Zero, that would be better. The other week I went to the store after a month hiatus and was surprised to see a stock pile of Pi 3, official Foundation v1.3 cameras (both regular and PiNoir), display and cases which I have a few already. Excitedly I looked high and low, but alas no Zero’s to be found anywhere. Maybe if more people keep asking the management at all the Fry’s store, they’ll get it together and start getting them too.

Wojciech avatar

I am also interested, if the keyboard is sold separately. Please…

Angel Negron avatar

If you live near a MicroCenter store in the US, they are currently selling Zeros for US$1!

Frederick avatar

Congratulations on 10M and a beautiful starter kit!

fc_key avatar

Nice good job keep going raspberrypi is fun :)

Sabrina avatar

Nice to see an official Raspberry Pi Starter Kit. Thanks.

angussidney avatar

Congratz! How long did it take to sell the last million Pis?

Eben Upton avatar

/me checks spreadsheet

3 months.

Stick avatar

At that rate you will beat the commodore 64’s sales record in about six months, which really would be quite a milestone.
How many of the original revision one boards were made? I would be interested to see sales figures for each version.

Walter avatar

How would that ne a milestone? Comoletyndifferent product (specific vs open platform) and a completely different time and age! There was no Internet, no globalization, etc. when the C64 came out, making that feat in a class of its own, and no “figure” will match that feat…

Dougie Lawson avatar

Whatever happened to the PI3A and the CM3? Are they part of the next ten million?

Eben Upton avatar

3A is still planned, but hasn’t reached production yet. CM3 production orders are in, and we’re just waiting for output dates from Sony.

spock avatar

what specs will the 3a have?

it for sure will have the new soc, right? but does a quad core cpu make sense with less than 1gb of ram?

i guess it also would be hard to leave away wifi/bluetooth?

so how can you reach the 25€ price point? :)

W. H. Heydt avatar

Ah…good news on the CM3 front. (Well…news, anyway.) So now we get to wonder about the lead time from manufacturing order to availability.

As regards the Pi3A…that fits with my current expectation that we won’t actually see it until next year.

In any case…sincere congrats on 10 million and I look forward to whatever you have next up your sleeve.

Miranda avatar

Is the keyboard available separately? It looks like just the thing I’ve been trying to find for my Pi. :)

Eben Upton avatar

That’s a good thought. They really are very nice pieces of kit, to the extent that we have people in the office using them in place of the ones that came with their PCs. I’ll pass this on to the resellers.

Edwin Jones avatar

Can we get the mouse separately as well? I often buy official Pi accessories to use for non pi devices because of the quality and competitive price. The power supply alone has traveled the world of me to charge my phone in the EU and the US :)

david avatar

$9 Logitech mice works great and it’s small too

Daniel Bull avatar

Maybe I’m being pedantic, or maybe that’s not the production keyboard in the photo but it looks like a USA layout (possibly with UK print on it) instead of a proper UK keyboard?

Difference can be seen in this photo here:

I guess each to their own but as a programmer I couldn’t use that layout it would drive me potty :)

Eben Upton avatar

Good spot. I chose a keyboard (over Gordon’s loud protestations) to match our largest market. If we find the kits sell well, we’ll look at doing country-specific keyboard SKUs next.

Scratch avatar

Does that mean that they all have US print on them or are they printed with UK Style keys?

Daniel Bull avatar

OK that makes sense.
Hopefully there will be enough demand for a UK version at a later date :)

Paul Turner avatar

On the bright side, that US layout is also an Australian layout. :-)

Joanthan Sanderson avatar

Nah, the US layout is much closer to the (UK) Mac keyboard layout, and hence absolutely the right choice. :-)

(to be honest, as a predominantly Mac user I’ve just got used to switching layouts when I move between keyboards. Turns out, it’s not as hard as I thought it was going to be).

One thing that does surprise me is the price point of the starter kit. It’s beautiful, but there’s tough competition – compare and contrast with Pimoroni’s new kit: https://shop.pimoroni.com/collections/special-offers/products/raspberry-pi-beginners-kit

Regardless: massive congratulations on 10 million sold. That’s huge, and in so many more ways than simply volume.

Daniel Bull avatar

As Scratch said it depends if its USA printed or UK printed. If its USA printed (which it sounds like it is if they are going to target the US first – which is sensible) then it will be very awkward, not least if you want to email someone and tell them how much it cost ;) (no pound sign and @ sign in the wrong place)

As to it being closer to the Mac layout, just because Apple got it wrong doesn’t mean we should all make the same mistake ;) We have standards for a reason :)

All of this doesn’t matter though as long as its clearly stated its a USA layout then the user can make an informed decision. It wasn’t mentioned on the blog which is why I brought it up.

Roger Hawcroft avatar

Apple didn’t get it wrong. Why do you have to have a go at a perfectly reputable company that delivered quality hardware and excellent OS to so many who may otherwise never have taken up computing at all.

I introduced my, then pre-school, son to computer coding on an Apple II. He, as do I, now favours open-source, not-for-profit licensing, and simplicity. He long since surpassed anything I might achieve and is a coder who is currently building a simple, no frills, OS, virtually from scratch.

I don’t believe he would have got there without the benefit of Apple, Hypercard, and the elegant integration of hardware and software that Apple has offered to the mass population – most of whom will never code in their lives.

To praise one thing, we don’t have to [unfairly] denigrate another.

Carl Jacobsen avatar

It’s all in your point of view… as a programmer in the US, I find one of the most vexing bits of setting up a new Pi being the keys that don’t work right until I get the keyboard layout changed to US – especially when I can’t type “#” to comment out lines in config files, because my “3” key has been possessed so that shift-3 produces “£”, even though it clearly says “#” on the key ;) Take away “, ‘, \, |, ~, and #, and getting anything done in the shell becomes an exercise in frustration. Reminds me every time that we are “two peoples divided by a common language”.

I think it’d be cool if the Foundation could eventually offer the complete Pi kit in several variations to have keyboards for each region where they get significant use (sounds like that may be the direction they’re headed). I’m a little humbled that they started with a US version rather than UK.

bsimmo avatar

Which is how the UK has felt every time they’ve setup machines that default to US ;-)

Carl Jacobsen avatar

Oh, I get it. And I’m a bit appalled when I see Americans act like it’s an affront when they’re faced with something that doesn’t cater 100% to them. The US is a big country, sure, but it’s certainly not the only country, and in this case, we’re importing an ingenious little computer made by smart people from another country.

The Pi is just a bit tricky when I set up a new one (which isn’t every day), because the keyboard works 95%, and so lulls me into a false sense of security, then a few vital keys don’t the way they should (according to finger memory and the labels on the keys). Yet I survive every time ;)

Garry avatar

Congratulations guys, 10,000,000!

Replying on my latest board, a Pi 3, my 9th Pi which will be a homework and assignments PC for my 12 year old because it is so compact it makes a lovely flat panel wireless wall mounted PC.

Since I joined the queue for my first Pi on the original launch I have learned electronics, Linux from command prompt, to program in Python and C++, delivered a Scratch class to CoderDojo for two terms and have delivered two paying jobs based on Pi’s. My house is fully IoT’d, Node-RED on a Pi of course.

I am one of the millions, thanks guys!

Eben Upton avatar

Awesome stuff. We’re seeing more and more of this: Pi 3 has taken us to the point where we’re a viable PC replacement for a lot of users.

Garry avatar

For sure Eben! Stable, capable and fully equipped with Libre suite out of the box and the WiFi/Blootooth frees up 2+ USB ports!
Added some Gimp, LibreCad and CUPS and automount NAS for file storage (MicroSD insurance) this is XP era computing power for €30!

You must be as proud as punch, well done all!

Hacker X avatar

I’d say more capable than the XP Era. XP came out on Pentium 3 and Celeron based machines. I don’t believe any machines came with WiFi and if you added it to a machine (for quite a bit more than the cost of a Pi) you had a max speed of 11 megabits a second. Bluetooth existed but was far more limited in speed and available profiles for hardware at that time. XP didn’t even support Bluetooth natively until SP 2.

I’m not sure there were multi core CPUs for anything but certainly not for consumer gear. CPU speed wise I think they were just barely hitting around 1.2 GHz when XP hit the market but 64 bit CPUs took a few more years to arrive. Of course I am aware that different CPU architectures can vary vastly in performance and the same number of clock cycles. The fun part is if you go back and look up benchmarks of a Pentium 3 vs a Pi 2 and a Pi 3 the Pi 2 will be close with a slight advantage to the Pi while the 3 is actually significantly faster.

I even managed to dig up a benchmark that can compare a Pi 3 to a modern CPU. For raytracing a Pi 3 is a little less than half the speed of an A6-7400K which is a 3.5 GHz dual core. 247.37 seconds for a Pi 3 vs 112.84 seconds for the A6-7400K. For reference a Pi Zero (which is faster than a Pi 1) took 3037.57 seconds and a Pi 2 took 505.44 seconds.

In short, I’d say you are selling the Pi 3 short by several years. I’m thinking more in line with at least early Win 7 systems, especially the budget ones. That is of course purely on the CPU side. By that time even most basic machines were shipping with 2 gig of RAM or more and outside of possibly a few netbooks you were certainly going to see more than 32 gigs of storage.

When the first Pi came out some people said it was too slow and was around the same as an old Pentium 2 from around 15 years earlier. Now we have the Pi 3 able to hold its own against hardware MUCH newer. If they keep up these kinds of gains in just another 2 or 3 generations they won’t be considered a budget or alternative or secondary computer. People will genuinely be wanting them as their primary computers for general use.

crumble avatar

You were able to buy x64 systems shortly after XP hitn the market. But They were useless for the normal Windows user, because you needed special XP versions with special programms. So nearly everone had a 64bit CPU but no one was able to use it.

The same as with the Pi 3. The standard OS is not able to use the full power of the hardware.

But you don’t need the full power for many office use cases. Nowadays the administration officers use small PCs as graphical terminals only. They use either a browser for HTML interfaces or run via RDP programms on an MS terminal server. In this case you don’t need more power than the Pi3. If you have to run modern planning or development systems you need much more power. Maybe the computing power of a Pi fit, but thy have much too less memory and I/O to do the job.

So a Pi3 can allready be your machine at work, if the tasks fit. A Pi 4 with 4GB RAM and USB3 mass storage will be powerfull enough to replace 90% of the office machines, if the software uses the whole power of the hardware.

AndrewS avatar

“The first two thousand Raspberry Pis. Each Pi in this pallet now has 5000 siblings.”

Just wow. Congratulations!

Jassen Payen avatar

10M – An amazing achievement! Congratulations, and here’s to many, many more!

Robert Osbourne avatar

0010 print “thank you eben upton x 10^7”
0020 goto 10

Ed avatar

Congrats. Does this mean that the 2.5 A power adapter now comes in both black and white? As opposed to previously: 2.0 in white, 2.5 in black. Or did you (sensibly, imho..) switch to all-2.5 A?

Ed avatar

Wait, or was that separation reseller-specific? Sorry.

John Webb avatar

Fantastic achievement.

Misses out on the Raspberry pi 2, I may have to get one to complete my collection.

But congratulations on hitting the Ten million mark. here is to Twenty million (next year maybe?).

Clive Mitchell avatar

“I think there is a world market for about five computers”—Remark attributed to Thomas J. Watson (Chairman of IBM), 1943

[IBM’s PC] “prices were based on forecasts of much lower volume—250,000 over five years”…”at times the company sold almost that many computers per month.” Bradley, David J. (September 1990). “The Creation of the IBM PC”.(Wikipedia)

“we thought our lifetime volumes might amount to ten thousand units”…”no expectation that four years later we would be manufacturing tens of thousands of units a day”. Eben Upton

“History teaches us that man learns nothing from history.” Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel. (Paraphrased)

Clive Mitchell avatar

History teaches that I should have added a smiley but I keep forgetting. :-)

Here’s to the next 10 billion. Seriously.

Peter Green avatar

The thing is for every project that wildy exceeds the creators expectations there are many more projects that either fail or are only moderately succesful.

Better to start with moderate aspirations and wildly exceed them than to start with over the top expectations and poor millions of dollars into a money pit.

steve lee avatar

yay! Congrats. it seems like only yesterday you were showing a prototype board to us at the TransferSummit in Oxford! Way to go!

Helgi avatar

With BT and Wifi on the PI3, how far are you from exhausting your allotted B8:27:EB:xx:xx:xx MAC addresses?

Dougie Lawson avatar

The unique portion of the MAC address is a 24-bit number. The limit it 16,777,216.

The solution on exhaustion is to change the B8:27:EB prefix and get another 16M numbers in the next range.

Carl Jacobsen avatar

Yep, just a matter of applying for another “Organizationally Unique Identifier” (OUI, the first 3 octets of the MAC address).

Milliways avatar

Yes, BUT – does that mean Pi will have to re-use serial numbers?

Dougie Lawson avatar

No. It only uses the bottom 24 bits from the serial for the MAC address. The top 40 bits (currently the top 32 bits are zero) mean you won’t ever need serial reuse.

With the full 64 bits in the serial you can have 18,446,744,073,709,551,616 unique raspberries. You get to over four billion raspberries before you need to set any of the currently zero’d bits (because it’s an unsigned value).

AndrewS avatar

I remember on the forums many years ago, people were wondering if the Pi’s serial number (from which the MAC address is generated) is simply randomly-generated, rather than guaranteed-unique?

Helgi avatar

Yes, I’m just curious if that is coming soon :)

Lolo avatar

Congratulations you’re awesome ;)
Raspberry Pi is a worthy success story, and with a such bundle, you’re not only providing an affordable SBC but an affordable (mostly) ready to use computer.
Many thanks to the fundation, I hope to see a Raspberry Pi wherever it can be now.

Romilly Cocking avatar

Congratulations yet again, Eben.

I remember those early days very clearly. Exciting times – including the moment that you discovered the first batch had been made without Magjacks on the Ethernet sockets, and had to be re-soldered!

Amazing progress. You’ve changed the world, and you’re changing it still.

Thanks to all the Pi team for giving us this amazing piece of kit, and to the community for enhancing and supporting it.

Texy avatar

Many congratulations to the Foundation.
Here’s to the next 10 million Pi’s……


Ken MacIver avatar

10 Mega Pis awesome;
more than 400 tonnes of computer.
more than 800 kilometers long laid end to end
or a stack about 100 kilometers high..

Carrie Anne Philbin avatar

Congratulations Eben & Liz, co-founders, trustees, all my colleagues at Raspberry Pi and of course our fabulous community. You’ve changed my life in so many ways that I would not have dreamed of only four years ago. Thank you.

Alex Bate avatar

I’m not crying… I just have solder in my eye. I swear.

Liz Upton avatar

Steven Pemberton avatar

I remember the announcement of the 5 millionth pi in February 2014. That means that you have doubled in 18 months. Moore’s law lives! ;-)

Olof B avatar

I don’t know but of some reason I choose to wear my Raspberry t-shirt today.

And all the best wishes for the years to come.

Could you please explain the name Raspberry Pi?

W. H. Heydt avatar

Pi because at one time the intent was for it to be a dedicated Python system. Raspberry because of all the other fruity computer names.

Carl Jacobsen avatar

That’s really cool! I knew there was a lot of Python love on the Pi, but I hadn’t known that it was intended to be a Python device of sorts. Well it is a good language for teaching programming.

kevin S avatar

when i got me sinclair spectrum ZX i thought id just been given a job at N.A.S.A. space control such was my joy at having a real programable computer of my own and at home,, hope the people who get these feel the same as i did,

James S avatar

Ah the Timex :) At the time I was merely a short, prepubescent wizard with a big stick. I knew nothing, but never felt more powerful.

I hope to gift that feeling to my nephew with the latest Pi. TY!!!

Paul Taylor avatar

Congratulations on the 10 millionth unit!

This is, by a long shot, the greatest success story in British computing history. An example to us all.

Benny Tall avatar

Amazing number – congratulation! :)

Jonathan C avatar

Congrats!- I’m glad you didn’t decide to go the whole copy-the-80’s thing, and supply a keyboard with ZX Spectrum rubber keys ;)

Gordon Hollingworth avatar

It was thought about!

Richard Sierakowski avatar

A brilliant achievement. This has helped to raise the worldwide level in computer competency and given access to the IT world for many underprivileged peoples.

Definitely worthy of some sort of recognition by the UN:)


edmun avatar

Congratulations guys. I only have 5 of those 10 millions but it still keeps me entertained

mahjongg avatar

Hmm, congratulations, have you now sold more PI’s than the number of BBC Micro’s ever sold? And what about Spectrum’s?
Just to keep things in perspective…

AndrewS avatar

Neatly answered by http://pimoroni.com/history :)

mahjongg avatar

Yeah, according to that source there were 5 million Spectrum’s (in all its incarnations sold) and just 1.5 million Beebs.

Way to go!

The PI was “invented” to gain the same effect on the youths programming capabilities and electronics know how as the spectrum (and BBC Micro) had done so for 30 or so years ago, and now twice as many are sold as there were ever Spectrum’s sold, so yes the RPF has reached its goals, and then some!

Nev Spangenberg avatar

5 of those 10 million were bought by me!

Model A original
Model B
P2 Model B
Pi Zero
Pi 3

My boys (12 and 5) love them – the older one now runs his school Computer Club (in Brighton). The younger one is enjoying learning to code Minecraft and was awarded “IT Genius of the year” at the end of his first year in Primary School in July of this year :)

Keep up the good work, thank you and Congratulations!

Jose avatar

I have to say I’m not that surprised that the Pi has been very successful. It was quite expensive for a hobbyist to play with an embedded Linux board, everything was above $100. Making one for $35 and with great software support was bound to be a success( yeah, I know, easy to say now, hindsight is always 20/20, and it was not me to had to mortgage the house! )
Well done to the Foundation!

Jonathan Pallant avatar

Well done everyone – it’s down to a lot of hard work I’m sure.

The trick to overtaking the C64 will be working out how many Jack Tramiel sold in the first place. But who’d have thought its record could ever be in doubt like it surely is now?

As an aside, it would be interesting to know the rough split between the various models. Surely the Pi 1s are at the top because they’ve been on sale the longest?

Will Godfrey avatar

People notice when a business cares about it’s customers… and doesn’t treat them as ‘consumers’.

Well done, and well deserved success.

bob_binz avatar

Great news and fantastic achievement! Well done RPi!!

Out of curiosity, if you are allowed (and want) to answer, how much manufacturing capacity of the factory in Wales is now used for RPi products?

W. H. Heydt avatar

Not enough….obviously.

Chris Griggs avatar

I wonder how many users/owners that equates to. According to a quick mental tot up I’ve got around 15 of asstd. types

Michael Lang avatar

Congratulations on 10 million pi’s.
I alone am responsible for six of those sales, having used them in various projects around my home, including four music/radio players built around the volume distro.

MalMan35 avatar

Congratulations on 10 million! I am currently eagerly awaiting my RPi 3. Wish I could get my hands on that starter kit. The box looks beautiful!

Tom avatar

Brilliant! Just need to merge the Pi-Top with the Superbook and everyone will have a Pi3Laptop!

ukscone avatar

the kit looks pretty nice, very white but very nice. Congrats on the 10 million Pi

Zander avatar

How long till we can buy the Keyboard and/or Mouse separately?
I have the Pi + Case (in plural), Power Supply ext. But looking at that custom keyboard I feel the need the replace my 5-year-old one.

Simon Marriott avatar

Hi Eben, Gordon et al,
Many congratulations on selling 10 million Raspberry Pi’s. I remember my first Pi, bought directly from Eben when working at BRCM, I now have RPi3B with sense hat – awesome bit of kit.

Miss working with you guys.

Jon Lunn avatar

Congratulations on the 10 million, but can i ask what’s the breakdown of the volumes by type?

Nick Young avatar

10 million congratulations!

From my first Pi through the KickStarter campaign to the latest Pi Zero’s with camera, it’s been fantastic fun. These beautiful little boards have created a community and an amazing movement that is making such a difference.

Keep up the great work.

Tzarls avatar

I’m sorry to say this, but your keyboard has a terrible flaw – it has no “ñ”!!! How can this be?! How am I supposed to write “Feliz Cumpleaños” with one of those beautiful I-must-have-one keyboards when the PI turns 5????? ;)

Congratulations on the 10 million. You are making dreams (sueños!) come true for many, many people.

david avatar

Use ALT keys (Alt code) for Latin accents like ALT+164 on numpad

or change region/language setting on terminal

Carl Jacobsen avatar

Indeed. Oddly enough, “Pokémon” (the word not just the game) has given me more practice with accented characters lately. Every modern OS has ways to type a large variety of extended/accented characters – heck, programmers have to use the shift key constantly to get to all the punctuation we continually need.

Jose M E avatar

This will be my first PI, when can I get one????

JBeale avatar

Congratulations on quite a milestone! I have 12 actually up and running at the moment, plus several others sitting around. The RPi + Camera is better in several ways than IP Cameras 2x to 3x more expensive.

Sam avatar

Congratulations! I thought it would be a big hit when I saw Eben demo a prototype at Maker Faire NYC… seems I was right! I want to know if any uptick in university Comp. Sci. applicants has been seen in the UK (yet).

AndrewS avatar

I saw an online talk from Eben quite a while ago (can’t remember where or when now) where he said that UK university CompSci applications were now even higher than they were in the previous ‘boom’. So yes :)

Srini avatar

I would be nicer if the case had a display (I have seen those). Just a thought.

Patrick Van Oosterwijck avatar

Congrats! Here’s to another 10 million more!

Lukas Rizzardi avatar

So I bought a PI Zero and my 3th Pi3B yesterday…
The Pi3 is faboulus! I use it with Openelec as Mediaserver at my place. In my dad’s office there is a Pi2 as main PC and another Pi2 as Webcam-Server (Motioneyeos). Then at my mum’s place there also a Pi B+ (to be replaced with the Pi3 just ordered- more POWERRRRRR!)as Webcam-Server. So…let’s say it clear- i’m PI-ADDICTED!

Geoff Lane avatar

I’ve bought 8 Pi devices so without me it’d only be 9,999,992 so there… :)

EverPi avatar

Amazing, congratulations!

Dave Semmelink avatar

The new kit is very nice – but I’d rather have the pallet of 2,000 Pi’s!

Eben Upton avatar

There’s something awesome about being in the presence of 2,000 computers, each of which is 1,000 times as powerful as the machine (BBC Micro) that you scrimped and saved for as a kid.

I still remember the feeling when we opened the first box, picked a random machine, and it just worked.

tyler avatar

where can i get this kit?

Phil avatar

I feel bad for Kano. Actually, no I don’t.

Elfen avatar


*counts the number of R-Pi’s in his collection*
21? I thought I had more… Anyways, I wonder what percentage of my Pi’s are part of that 10million? :^D

CodingKid avatar


Robert M. avatar

Just wow, RPi Foundation, just wow!
In 1978 I was playing an Atari 2600 with a 6507 and 128 bytes of RAM and 4KB ROM.
In 1980 I was on a Tandy/Radio Shack with a 6809, 4KB of RAM, and 16KB of ROM.
In 1982 I was on a Commodore 64 with a 6510, 64 KB of RAM, and 20KB of ROM.
And in 1985 I was on a Cobra Mk 1 flying all over 8 different galaxies.
Flash forward … gulp … almost 30 years and I hear David Braben backed a new small, powerful, affordable SoC board off the ground.
700MHz… 256MB of RAM… and up to 32GB storage, for pennies.
Getting my hands on the Pi and getting back to bare metal, assembly language, wire wrapping and more it was like those 30 years fell away.
Messing about with a Pi feels like all of the best hacking and hollering of the old 8-bit micro days, but with more power on hand than a STACK of Cray XMP (do the math, its scary!)
And now, a couple of years later… 10 million of them are out there, including the one in my son’s hands helping him learn Scratch and Python before he learns to shave, or drive?
From someone who has basically grew up through the original wave that inspired this, and the current wave you’re driving, it is hard to put into words how awesome and inspiring it is to see what you’ve done, and anticipate how much more is to come.
10 million couldn’t have happened to a nicer bunch of folks!

Bob Monroe avatar

I had one of those Radio Shack Geo laptops too. It was pretty cool since it was a self contained digital world. I thought AOL ripped off that Geo GUI idea from Radio Shack with their AOL intranet world. I remember that the laptop didn’t have any portable storage and I certainly couldn’t afford a printer back then. That thing was very rugged too. These days the RPi has brought about a whole new world of inexpensive yet powerful computers. Now I’m seeing other vendors making their SoC boards the size of a cherry. With the newest WiFi chips, I’m reminded of the old 300 baud modems. I own about 20 Raspberry Pi’s myself and each version just gets better and better. I only ask that your Official 7″ screen worked correctly and you could get more Pi Zero’s out to the public. I would like to be able to give those away to some of the students I have but I can only get one at a time. Please boost up production so we can get past 100 million sold. Think big.

Milliways avatar

“ten million Raspberry Pis” just doesn’t sound right. Maybe it should be Raspberrys Pi.

The kit needs some new bits. The new case looks good, BUT you can’t put the top on with DuPont cables on the end pins. Some custom DuPont cables with lower profiles would make a good addition.

JPW avatar

Despite the perfect opportunity that his start packer provides : I see the controversial 3.5mm analogue output has still not been removed from the Raspberry Pi

richard avatar


Yay, well done. Most of my friends children have been exposed to programming in one form or another and it’s all thanks to you all, foundation and community. Coders are no longer a dying bread and hopefully we’ll also get an influx of female coders, we need to bring balance to the force….

Virtual pints all round.

Bakul avatar

Eben, Liz and the rest of raspberrypi gang,
Congratulations on this major milestone! Would be interesting to see how long it took to sell each successive million…. Are there enough raspberryPis now to collaboratively break the number of pi digits world record?!

Astro Jetson avatar

With the huge amount of software out there and the low cost of SD cards, why didn’t you put 16GB cards in the kits?

weboid avatar

How to Buy in India? When it is going to available in India. Its Costly over ELement14

AndrewS avatar

How many Babbage Bears have been sold? :-)

ColinD avatar

10M units is crazy good. I used to keep track of number of 8/16-bits sold (or as “claimed” to have been sold…)

Do you have a way of finding out who bought the 10 millionth Pi?

Jarett H avatar

Congrats on reaching 10^7 Pi’s! I’ve wanted one since your first release, but due to financial difficulties I have never been able to spare the cash to order one. I love the (back to basics) look and feel of your units, and if possible when you release this kit in the US I will definitely be ordering one! I have 3 Windows PC’s, 1 Linux, and my MacBook Air I was given as a gift, all four of my PC’s are computers I saved from the trash and cleaned and refurbished. My oldest PC is a 2005 Lenovo Laptop with a destroyed keyboard with missing keys and water damage which I managed to get back up and running and over the years I’ve upgraded everything not attached to the MOBO, and it’s running as fast if not faster than my Girlfriend’s 2011 HP Desktop that I also have upgraded. I love computers and love what I can learn to do with them to integrate computing into my life such as security systems using webcams and Open Source software, or for monitoring temps and humidity with warnings when problems arise as well as using programming to automatically change the voltage output on heat sources to keep temps and humidity (with a homemade programmable misting system) consistent with my animals needs. That is what I would actually use my first Rasp. Pi for; controlling and maintaining my animals environment and alerts when things change. Computing has been my top (fighting for first place between reptiles) hobby and passion since I was very young. I used to take everything electronic I owned apart to learn how they worked and started doing repairs as a teen. Now I do repairs (I fix literally anything I can find replacement parts for) for extra cash since I am on disability due to problems with mental illness and need all the extra cash I can scrounge. Everyone I do repairs for tells me how impressed they are with not only the repair but the improved overall condition of their gadgets because I (my OCD is a big part in this) deep clean everything I fix. The

Sorry for the super long post guys, just wanted to share my love for computing with you as well as the Raspberry Pi project(s) and I hope to be able to own one very soon!

Andrew Waite avatar

Awesome achievement.

Any chance of a retro-futuristic 1980s style box+keyboard to put a RPi in?

Rick Dickinson, the industrial designer who designed the ZX80, ZX81 and Spectrum, has designed a wonderful case withing which to hold the innards of the ZX Spectrum Next :


Roland avatar

Is the FUZE https://www.fuze.co.uk/ what you had in mind?

Bryan Hogan avatar

How about the Micro One:


Featuring BBC BASIC too for that full retro feel :-)

If you’re near London, come see it in action:



Ani Hatzis avatar

Congratulations for this impressing achievement by an amazing enterprise! You guys rock! Awesome device. We have a few in our company and even one at home.

Giorgos Kokologiannis avatar

Still not able to buy Raspberry Pi zero in Greece…. And another starter kit :(

Silas avatar

Amazing work team pi!!

Ajay avatar

10 million is a great achievement, have a feeling that it will even beat the 1 phone 1 billion record in the next 3 years and cross past iPhone in less than 5 years. Waiting for that day!

Lee Wilkin avatar


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W Olson avatar

I have 4 Pi’s first one from 2013. I bought 2 Pi 3’s for work. One is running a slide show of events using Impress. The other I show in the classes I teach. The Pi 3 is faster that my Intel Core Duo PC. On to 30M sold!

Erik Manyshoes avatar

well this is GREAT! Congratulations!

but why do your keyboard and mouse have WIRES on them?? they should be WireLESS.

perhaps even using bluetooth… except for the chicken and egg problem of getting the keyboard connected. but why not at least use the common usb wireless interface?

all those wires are just so 90’s :-)

david avatar

That would substantially increase the price-point

Carl Jacobsen avatar

Eh, wireless is good, _if_ there’s an actual problem it solves. We’re still a long way away from wireless being _better_ than wires for getting data from point A to B. More convenient, sure, but wireless is less reliable, slower, and more expensive. I’m happy they didn’t ditch the wires just to be trendy or stylish.

Gordon Hollingworth avatar

The reason we wanted wired rather than wireless (we actually got the keyboard manufacturer to take a wireless version of the keyboard and add the wires!) was for the following:

1) Wired is simple (KISS applies)
2) Wireless requires batteries
3) Wireless is more expensive
4) Wireless requires pairing

Now consider the situation where you’ve got a classroom full of units…

30 sets of batteries

The nightmare of picking up a Pi and having to work out who’s got the keyboard for your Pi?


Carl Jacobsen avatar

Ah, thanks for that insight. Makes even more sense in the classroom.

Julian Kizner avatar

Hello. I Love “Collecting” SSDs,Computers,And OS.
So now i am like, i don’t know what model my PI is, i just know
that i got it 2 months late. I want to see what PI model mine is. Can you tell me how to find out? (it’s not the starter kit)
I also wondered, Can i put windows on my pi? Any kind?

Robert Cromer avatar

True heart felt Congratulations on 10 Million RPis!!!

Here is what I would do to sell another Ten Million in even shorter order:
1) Develop a SATA disk based version of the RPi 3 that has a
DDR3 Male Connector, that could be utilized as the “Master”
compute module. Have 4-6 SATA ports and 2 NICs. Call it
the RPi 3M.
2) Develop a Compute Module with Four Quad Processors, having
2-4 GB of ram each. This would yield 16 cores per compute
module! Try to get this to be priced at under $100.
3) Develop a “dumb” mother board consisting of 16-80 DDR3
Sockets with power plugs, etc. Have a back plane connector
on the motherboard that would allow ganging several of
motherboard into a large case.
4) Develop a Beowulf/Container distribution of Linux to
support all of the above.
What would this all add up to? A 256+ core processor for under $2000!!! A thousand core processor would cost probably
under $7500.

Every Mechanical Engineer doing structural/Heat Transfer/
Fluid Flow/Vibration/Wear analysis would love to have one.
Electrical Engineering has even more uses. Physics/Chemistry/
Biology/Math/Business Optimizations/AI are in the same boat.

Your company could have a POSITIVE impact on all of the products developed for the next 20 Years!!

“If you build it, they will come”, in droves!!!

Carl Jacobsen avatar

“You know what this economy sedan really needs? A jet engine! And the ability to attach a lot more jet engines simultaneously! It’ll only cost a few million per sedan, plus millions for development.”
“Uh, how does that help further our original goal of transporting people as cheaply as possible, so as many people as possible can afford transportation?”

The computer you describe sounds really cool (I’d love to have one), but it has very little to do with the Foundation’s goals of teaching people how to use computers and getting inexpensive computers into the hands of those who would not otherwise have any computer at all. And while it’s amazing that they’ve sold as many as they have, selling computers isn’t their end goal. Heir goal is education and outreach. The fact that millions of us hobbyists have latched onto the Pi to make all manner of things is a happy accident – it overlaps with education, and it makes them some money to spend on their core goals. But spending millions of dollars up front (as soon as you added the SATA port you necessitated developing an entirely new SoC, the chip that _is_ the Pi, because the current chip has precisely one USB2 port for high speed data I/O), in order to make a version of the Pi that isn’t directly useful for their core goal (really cheap computers to get into everyone’s hands), in the hopes that sales of this new product would eventually generate enough income to recoup the development cost and produce profits that could be channeled back into education… it’s wandering dangerously far afield from their core goal, on speculation, basically.

I’d love to see some other company build such a computer though.

Mike avatar

no monitor?

Stephen avatar

You know, I have been meaning to get a Pi 3… I think I just found a reason

wang avatar

I want to know more about raspberrypi, but the message is limited in China.Plesse help me,if everyone who can give me some knowledge about how to use raspberrypi in education,i will be very grateful!!!

Silviu avatar

Congratulations ! You will soon be selling so many that you will make Intel, Nvidia and AMD lose perceiveble market share to you. A lot of news articles will come from that, generating even more success.

edwin avatar

the starter kit looks awesome, i love it! And info where & when i can buy it in INDONESIA?

Andrew Kirkby avatar

This kit looks fantastic..!

I now own 14 pi’s of various models.. Got them in everything from retro gaming machines (Picade / Cupcade) to internet of things doorbells.. Without the foundation, I wouldn’t be where I am with programming so a heartfelt thanks to everyone at the team for making computing products that really make a difference. I tune into the product launches like Apple’s keynotes when Steve was still around.. What a fabulous thing..

Thanks again.

surpolfed avatar

I am so glad to hear about your success, I remember a few years ago we bough RP for the sales team in the office as they only browse the net with them. They was amazing and everyone loved them :D

Marcin avatar

Congratulations! I’m one of that. Glad to hear about the success you’ve made.

Isabelle avatar

Is the new kit already available in Canada?

Andy avatar

At what point did you realize the Raspberry Pi was going to outsell your expectations?

Congratulations BTW. Two of my Pi’s are on that pallet and I have at least one of each Model B plus a Zero.

Kamil avatar

Keyboard and mouse will be available separately?

Bill avatar

Any updates on when this will be available in the US? Thanks.

Carles avatar


I bought a starter kit without keyboard and mouse without realising I would need them. Is there any way I can buy the ones in the full starter kit separately?

Gaby avatar

it would be better if the Raspberry pi b+ I wanted a kit with b+ :(

Ashwin avatar

It is a Raspberry Pi 3 Model B in the kit, which I believe is the latest version. Is there a Model B+ that has released?

Max Chan avatar

This kit is still missing the camera module and the display module.

I have seen Chinese vendors selling cases that can hold the Pi, camera module and touch display in a form factor not dissimilar from a tablet.

Erin Wallace avatar

When do you hope to have the kit available in the US? Shipping times are a bit lengthy for our UK counterparts.

Jhonny avatar

Where can I buy the Raspberry Pi 3 Starter Kit it in The Netherlands or Europe?

Kevin avatar

It’s been nearly two months since this post. I’m incredibly interested in purchasing an official Starter Kit, but I haven’t heard anything about US availability since this post.

Please, please, please post an update, even if it’s just a “Wait a little while longer.”

Wolfgang Schmidt avatar

I’m also waiting for the starter kit for the German Raspi-Friends.
Hope I can buy it this year.

Waiting is so hard……

Sanyi avatar

For not fluent English user, (or who don’t work for an English speaking company) the keyboard would be better in their own (mother language).
The other thing it is one of the cheapest local part of this PC.

Jose Antonio Ramos Andrades avatar

When it will we aviable in Spain?
I’m waiting for this Kit in my country, I WANT IT :))

Bobby avatar

I haven’t been able to find this kit in any of the US stores, or US online retailers. Do you know when it will become available? Or if it already is, what sites?

Bobby avatar

Never mind.

Raymond Robarts avatar

I’ve owned an IBM clone PC (every one I built myself) in one form or another for over 25 years, and have only now forayed into the mystic realms that is Single Board Computing.

I JUST purchased my first RPi3 a month ago from what I have since learned is a rather dubious UK reseller.
The official products they supplied in the kit were fine.
However their support products, such as the USB Power Supply, 7-inch display, HDMI Cable, Case (basically everything EXCEPT the RPi3) were well below par, with the so called 5V 2A PS having an output of only 1.25A under load, so my Pi3 can’t even boot Noobs successfully – shows a yellow lightning bolt in the top Right-Hand Corner on boot). ).
Further, to my dismay, they have a (confirmed) reputation of very poor after-sales support. Buyer Beware, as the saying goes.

Now I find THIS post today describing a much better offering?
Damn my impulsive late-night internet purchases. Oh, I researched the product down to the last, but I forgot to research the reseller.
I’ll just have to buy this kit directly, and then I can have an extra RPi3 ;) It won’t go to waste, I’m sure of that!

The problem I have is this: I live in Australia, so the great prices on offer from https://www.raspberrypi.org/products/ are offset by the postage costs. :(
Not much that can be done about that, I know.

May I ask, is this Kit available here in Australia through an Authorised Local Distributor(s)?
If so, can you E-mail a list to me please.
BTW, does the Foundation have a list of Authorised Resellers? That would be a great thing to have down in the ‘SUPPORT’ or ‘ABOUT’ column at the bottom of the page.


Liz Upton avatar

I’m afraid I don’t know – I would hope it’d be available at RS Australia, but they may be out of stock at the moment. (I’ve just looked: yup, they have it. Here you go: http://au.rs-online.com/web/p/processor-microcontroller-development-kits/8968119/)

Maintaining a list of approved/authorised distributors is a HUGE job. We sell in hundreds of countries, and distinguishing between the good, the bad and the ugly is the work of several people. We’ve recently hired someone who’s looking at ways to do this as part of their role, but it’s a very big, very unwieldy task (especially given the way we are set up, with two licensed manufacturer/distribution partners).

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