Raspberry Pi store opens

Raspberry Pi store opens
Craig Chapple

By Craig Chapple

December 17th 2012 at 12:50PM

Users now able to sell their own games, apps and tools for the credit card-sized computer

The Raspberry Pi Foundation has launched an official online store for the tiny device aimed at providing a cost-effective solution to computing

Formed in conjuncation with IndieCity and Velocix, the Raspberry Pi Store is designed as a one-stop shop for developers to share their own content.

Games, apps and tools can be submitted to the website, and developers can choose to either charge or give away their software for free. The store uses the IndieCity payment system.

If developers decide to release content for free, they can still use the shop’s ‘tip jar’ system, which allows users to give creators money voluntarily.

The store is now part of the Raspbian operating system and is also available from the Raspbian repository.

“With the Raspberry Pi finally having a dedicated software store, it’s going to bring together the already-thriving Pi community in a way that’s simply not been possible before,” said the Raspberry Pi Foundation’s Eben Upton.

“By combining the expertise of our partners IndieCity and Velocix, we’ll be able to provide all Pi users easy access to a wide variety of content and we’re hugely grateful to both organisations for helping us to make this possible.

“Our driving aim has always been to use Raspberry Pi to encourage and introduce a generation of children to programming and creative computer science. By now enabling Raspberry Pi users of all ages to gain critical and commercial success from their work through the new Pi Store we also believe it will be a powerful incentive for others to get involved and further spread the word.”

The Raspberry Pi is a $35 (£29.95) mini computer developed by charity organisation the Raspberry Pi Foundation, and was designed to help children get into programming by providing a cost-effective solution to computing.

You can visit the official Raspberry Pi store here.