piwheels is a Python package repository providing Arm platform wheels (pre-compiled binary Python packages) specifically for the Raspberry Pi, making pip installations much faster. Packages are natively compiled on Raspberry Pi 3 hardware using the Mythic Beasts Pi cloud.
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Stretch includes configuration for
pip to use piwheels
by default. If you're using an alternate distribution (or an older
version of Raspbian), you can use piwheels by placing the following
That's it! With this simple configuration change,
should now search piwheels for built distributions of packages and use
them in preference to building from source. You can test this out by
creating a virtual environment and attempting to install scipy which usually involves a fairly
$ sudo apt install virtualenv python3-virtualenv -y $ virtualenv -p /usr/bin/python3 testpip $ source testpip/bin/activate (testpip) $ pip install scipy ... (testpip) $ deactivate $ rm -rf testpip/
Wheels provided support all Raspberry Pi models (Pi 3, Pi 2, Pi 1 and Pi Zero). Wheels are provided for Python 3.4 and 3.5. We plan to add support for Python 3.6, 3.7 and 2.7.