piwheels is a Python package repository providing Arm platform wheels (pre-compiled binary Python packages) specifically for the Raspberry Pi, making pip installations much faster. Packages are natively compiled on Raspberry Pi 3 hardware using the Mythic Beasts Pi cloud.
An update on our last post, we have now completed a run of builds for Python 3.7 wheels for Raspbian Buster. Now, when you pip install something on Raspbian Buster, you’ll generally get a wheel for it, to the same extent you do for Jessie and Stretch.
We now host 40k Python 3.4 wheels (Jessie), 46k Python 3.5 wheels (Stretch) and 43k Python 3.7 wheels (Buster). We also host 1.1 million pure Python wheels, which work on any Python version. It’s amazing how few packages actually require compilation, but for the ones that do, having a wheel makes a big difference.
Read more! And shout out to Ben Nuttall, Programme Technical Manager, Raspberry Pi Foundation!
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