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Standalone for Raspberry Pi 1 Raspbian Jessie including the full IDE.

This is the audio synthesis program SuperCollider (3.8.0, commit 0947edd, 5nov2016) + sc3-plugins (master, commit f1200cd, 8nov2016) compiled for rpi1 and rpi0.

It was built using this guide on a Raspberry Pi 1 model B under 2016-09-23-raspbian-jessie (Raspbian Jessie with Pixel). It also works on the model A and Raspberry Pi Zero. For the Raspberry Pi 2 and Raspberry Pi 3 use this repository.

The standalone structure is loosely based on Miguel Negrão's template. This standalone is self-contained and all files are in one directory (except for the sc_ide_conf.yaml file - see below). It can coexist with the Raspbian bundled 3.6.6 version of SuperCollider used by Sonic Pi (i.e. no need to uninstall Sonic Pi and the two programs can even run simultaneously).


open the terminal on the RPi and type...

  • sudo apt-get update
  • sudo apt-get install libqt5webkit5 libqt5sensors5 libqt5positioning5 libqt5concurrent5 libfftw3-bin libcwiid-dev libfftw3-dev
  • git clone --depth 1
  • mkdir -p ~/.config/SuperCollider
  • cp supercolliderStandaloneRPI1/sc_ide_conf_temp.yaml ~/.config/SuperCollider/sc_ide_conf.yaml

NOTE: the last command will create a global sc_ide preference file from a template. At the moment SuperCollider IDE can not use a local configuration file, but hopefully this will change in the future. Also note that if you cloned or moved this repository somewhere else than in your home directory you should edit the yaml file with nano ~/.config/SuperCollider/sc_ide_conf.yaml to make the paths in there point to your standalone directory.


To run the full IDE first open a terminal window and type...

  • qjackctl

Select the correct soundcard (under setup/interfaces) and then start jackd.

Then open another terminal window and type...

  • cd supercolliderStandaloneRPI1
  • export PATH=.:$PATH
  • scide

SuperCollider IDE should start and run like normal - with scope, meter, plot, gui, animation, help, quarks etc.

KNOWN ISSUES and TODO: help system and more is not working if scide is started via desktop icon


  • sudo apt-get install xvfb
  • crontab -e #and add the following line to the end
  • @reboot cd /home/pi/supercolliderStandaloneRPI1 && xvfb-run ./
  • sudo reboot #and supercollider should automatically start after a while and play some beating sine tones.

Then edit the autostart script to load whichever file. By default it will load mycode.scd.


To run sclang+scsynth only from ssh...

  • export DISPLAY=:0.0
  • jackd -P75 -dalsa -dhw:1 -p1024 -n3 -s -r44100 & #edit -dhw to match your audio output. 0 is usually hdmi, and 1 the usb soundcard
  • cd supercolliderStandaloneRPI1
  • ./sclang -a -l sclang.yaml

NOTE: one can also specify a .scd file to load when starting sclang like this: ./sclang -a -l sclang.yaml mycode.scd


The standalone also works under jessie-lite if the following additional steps are taken...


  • sudo apt-get install git libcwiid1 libasound2-dev libsamplerate0-dev libsndfile1-dev libreadline-dev xvfb
  • git clone git:// --depth 1
  • cd jack2
  • ./waf configure --alsa
  • ./waf build
  • sudo ./waf install
  • sudo ldconfig
  • cd ..
  • rm -rf jack2
  • sudo nano /etc/security/limits.conf #and add the following two lines at the end
    • @audio - memlock 256000
    • @audio - rtprio 75
  • nano supercolliderStandaloneRPI1/ #and change the jackd path to /usr/local/bin/jackd
  • sudo reboot


  • jackd -P75 -dalsa -dhw:1 -p1024 -n3 -s -r44100 & #edit -dhw to match your audio output. 0 is usually hdmi, and 1 the usb soundcard
  • cd supercolliderStandaloneRPI1
  • xvfb-run --auto-servernum ./sclang -a -l sclang.yaml