Installing the latest PureData on a Raspberry Pi

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After a fair bit of deliberation I was able to install Pure Data 0.49 on the Pi running Raspbian Stretch. I’ll walk through this step by step in case you’re not familiar with command line in Linux.

The default way to install PureData (Pd) is:

sudo apt-get install puredata

The only problem with this method of installing Pd is that you’ll get 0.47.

STEP1. Open Terminal

STEP2. Creating folder to organize compilation (optional):

mkdir src

STEP3. Enter in src folder / install dependencies / download pd source code / unpack downloaded file:

cd src
sudo apt install build-essential autoconf automake libtool gettext git libasound2-dev libjack-jackd2-dev libfftw3-3 libfftw3-dev tcl tk
wget http://msp.ucsd.edu/Software/pd-0.49-0.src.tar.gz
tar -xzf pd-0.49-0.src.tar.gz

STEP4. Compiling Pd:

cd pd-0.49-0
./autogen.sh
./configure --enable-jack --enable-fftw
make

STEP5. Confirming if compilation are ok:

cd bin
./pd

STEP6. If it run, you can install Pd in your raspbian:

cd ..
sudo make install

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