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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Raspberry Pi OS
(formerly known as Raspbian) includes configuration for
to use piwheels by default, which lives at
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/
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Wheels provided support all Raspberry Pi models (Pi 4, Pi 3, Pi 2, Pi 1 and Pi Zero). Wheels are provided for Raspbian Jessie (Python 3.4), Raspbian Stretch (Python 3.5) and Raspberry Pi OS / Raspbian Buster (Python 3.7) — though currently only the 32-bit OS is supported, not 64-bit.
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