10 Best Resources for Raspberry Pi Owners

Christian Cawley 14-11-2013

What can you do with a Raspberry Pi? If you haven’t figured it out yet, it’s time to check the best online and offline resources for ideas and projects to help you start using the computer to its full potential!


It doesn’t ship with an operating system; it often doesn’t come with a storage device. The Raspberry Pi has proved a hugely successful mini-computing device, picked up by schools and colleges (the target audience), enthusiasts and people wanting to build compact home media centres (among other things).

As the central component of projects as diverse as developing basic computer games to low-budget space programs, the Pi is a compact, low-budget computer that can handle many different tasks. But you won’t get far with it if you don’t know where to find support, suggestions and hardware.

5 Great RPi Resources Online

It’s probably unlikely that you would have bought a Raspberry Pi without first visiting the project’s homepage, but if you did then now is the time to hot-foot it to, where you will find all of the news concerning the fantastic little computer. New projects, builds and notices for new Raspbian versions can be found here; you’ll also find community news, updates on what the developers are doing and access to the online forum.


When you buy a Raspberry Pi, you may end up with just the basic board, depending on where you bought it from. If you buy through, however, the chances are good that you will be able to buy a compatible power supply, SD card and cabling. I’ve heard of some unscrupulous Amazon and eBay sellers shipping the Raspberry Pi as part of a bundle with cheap or unsuitable hardware – making sure you have the best gear for your little computer is important, and at ModMyPi you’ll also find extra things like heatsinks, wireless dongles and more.


Downloadable, free magazine The MagPi ( is another vital resource for fans of the Pi, and now on its 18th issue the magazine can also be purchased in print form if a hard copy is more convenient for you.

Reddit is also a very good place to find news and project ideas – even YouTube videos – of some great Raspberry Pi projects. With a good community, a lot of help and assistance is available via

Finally, here on MakeUseOf, you’ll find a wide selection of articles about the Raspberry Pi, covering everything from retro gaming centres Retro Gaming on Raspberry Pi: Understanding ROMs, RetroPie, Recalbox, and More The Raspberry Pi is ideal for playing classic video games. Here's how to get started with retro gaming on your Raspberry Pi. Read More and cloud storage Build Your Own Cloud Storage with Raspberry Pi and BitTorrent Sync Don't believe the hype: the Cloud is far from secure. But have no fear - now you can roll out your own private, unlimited, and secure cloud storage platform. Read More to finding the most attractive cases to house the device The 8 Most Beautiful Raspberry Pi Cases There are a handful of designs which really give the Pi a unique look. And thankfully, these unique enclosures usually don’t much – most are available for $20 or less. Read More . We’ve also produced a guide to getting started on the Raspberry Pi Raspberry Pi: The Unofficial Tutorial Whether you're a current Pi owner who wants to learn more or a potential owner of this credit-card size device, this isn't a guide you want to miss. Read More .

5 Offline Resources For The Raspberry Pi

If you prefer to refer to books and magazines to use your Raspberry Pi, there are several you should keep an eye out on.



More interestingly, however a new monthly Raspberry Pi magazine, Raspberry Pi Geek, has recently hit the newsstands. You can find out more about it at

Some particularly useful books include:



Conclusion: The Best Raspberry Pi Resources

With a store-bought desktop computer or tablet, the operating system and storage are provided. You don’t need to worry about installing anything to help you run the machine. Things are different when it comes to the Raspberry Pi – you need to do a bit of work in setting it up.

I can guarantee you that it will be a learning experience, however. Indeed, everything about this impressive little piece of kit will teach you something; it might be a new concept, or an idea or process you were already aware of, but in a completely new context.

The resources listed here should help you to get the most out of your Raspberry Pi and enjoy it, whether as a media centre The Raspberry Pi Home Theater: What You Can And Cannot Do If you’ve been following our recent articles about the Raspberry Pi, you’ll know that it can be set up as a media streaming client with a dedicated XBMC build and you should also be aware... Read More or as a project box. If you think we missed any resources from the list, please share them below!

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