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Standalone for Raspberry Pi 2 or 3 with Raspbian Stretch including the full IDE.

This is the audio synthesis program SuperCollider (3.9.3, commit f61c21d, 6apr2018) + sc3-plugins (master, commit 9307b41, 2feb2018) compiled for rpi2 and rpi3.

It was built using this guide on a Raspberry Pi 3 under 2018-03-13-raspbian-stretch (Raspbian Stretch with Desktop). It also works on the Raspberry Pi 2. For Raspberry Pi 1 and Raspberry Pi Zero 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 scsynth used by Sonic Pi (i.e. no need to uninstall Sonic Pi and the two programs can even run simultaneously as long as Sonic Pi is started first).


(this assumes you have done all the usual initialisation... burned the disk image, booted, changed password, optionally enabled ssh)

open the terminal on the RPi and type...

  • sudo apt-get update
  • sudo apt-get upgrade
  • sudo apt-get dist-upgrade
  • sudo apt-get update
  • sudo apt-get install libqt5webkit5 libqt5sensors5 libqt5positioning5 libfftw3-bin libcwiid1
  • git clone --depth 1
  • mkdir -p ~/.config/SuperCollider
  • cp supercolliderStandaloneRPI2/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. (if usb soundcard is used also set periods to 3)

Then open another terminal window and type...

  • cd supercolliderStandaloneRPI2
  • export PATH=.:$PATH
  • scide

or just double click the desktop icon. SuperCollider IDE should start and run like normal - with scope, meter, plot, gui, animation, help, quarks etc.


  • 'libEGL warning: DRI2: failed to authenticate' that is posted in terminal at scide startup is harmless


If you start SuperCollider without having Jack already running (like when autostarting or running headless), Jack will automatically launch when you boot sc server. The audio settings then used are found in the file...

  • nano ~/.jackdrc

(this file is created by qjackctl so if you never ran qjackctl you might need to create this file manually.)

The recommended jack audio settings are...

  • /usr/bin/jackd -P75 -dalsa -dhw:0 -p1024 -n3 -s -r44100

and to set up Jack to use an external usb sound card change -dhw:0 to -dhw:1 like this...

  • /usr/bin/jackd -P75 -dalsa -dhw:1 -p1024 -n3 -s -r44100

NOTE: the internal soundcard volume is by default set low (40). type alsamixer in terminal and adjust the pcm volume to 85 with the arrow keys, esc key exits.


  • sudo apt-get install xvfb
  • crontab -e #and add the following line to the end
  • @reboot cd /home/pi/supercolliderStandaloneRPI2 && 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
  • cd supercolliderStandaloneRPI2
  • ./sclang -a -l ~/supercolliderStandaloneRPI2/sclang.yaml

NOTE: one can also specify a .scd file to load when starting sclang like this: ./sclang -a -l ~/supercolliderStandaloneRPI2/sclang.yaml mycode.scd


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


  • sudo apt-get install git 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 ~/.jackdrc #and add the following (use -dhw:1 for usb soundcard)
    • /usr/local/bin/jackd -P75 -dalsa -dhw:0 -r44100 -p1024 -n3
  • sudo reboot


  • cd supercolliderStandaloneRPI2
  • xvfb-run --auto-servernum ./sclang -a -l ~/supercolliderStandaloneRPI2/sclang.yaml
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