Raspberry Pi blasts through 5 million sales mark

Handheld board on the way to becoming the most popular British PC of all-time

Raspberry Pi

The Raspberry Pi Foundation has broken the five million sales barrier, making it one of the most popular British computers of all time.

Released in 2012, the Foundation expected to initially sell around 10,000 units. However, the Pi captured the imagination of enthusiasts across the globe, becoming a sleeper hit.

In the UK, the Pi has played a pivotal role in introducing children to coding, and it's likely to provide long-term benefits to the economy by helping to nuture the next-generation of software developers.

The Pi still has some way to go before it overtakes Amstrad, which sold approximately 8 million units between 1984 and 1997.

Advertisement - Article continues below
Advertisement - Article continues below

But, given the foundation has only just released the sequel, the ever-expanding Pi family is on course to become the most successful British computer ever made.

"The Raspberry Pi Foundation is a charity. That means that we personally don't make a profit from the Pi all profits go straight back into our educational mission and into R&D," noted Liz Upton, head of communications on the Raspberry Pi blog.

"Your five million purchases mean that we're able to train teachers for free; provide free educational resources; undertake educational outreach; fund open-source projects like XBMC (now Kodi), PyPy, Libav, Pixman, Wayland/Weston, Squeak, Scratch, Webkit and KiCad."

Featured Resources

Digitally perfecting the supply chain

How new technologies are being leveraged to transform the manufacturing supply chain

Download now

Three keys to maximise application migration and modernisation success

Harness the benefits that modernised applications can offer

Download now

Your enterprise cloud solutions guide

Infrastructure designed to meet your company's IT needs for next-generation cloud applications

Download now

The 3 approaches of Breach and Attack Simulation technologies

A guide to the nuances of BAS, helping you stay one step ahead of cyber criminals

Download now



Raspberry Pi opens its first high street store in Cambridge

7 Feb 2019

Raspberry Pi 4 Model B review: Back, and better than ever

22 Jan 2020

Raspberry Pi: Top 37 projects to try yourself

16 Oct 2019

The new Raspberry Pi 4 is “basically a PC”

24 Jun 2019

Most Popular

operating systems

17 Windows 10 problems - and how to fix them

13 Jan 2020

Windows 10 and the tools for agile working

20 Jan 2020
Microsoft Windows

What to do if you're still running Windows 7

14 Jan 2020
web browser

What is HTTP error 503 and how do you fix it?

7 Jan 2020