Can anyone verify that there will NOT be an update for the pigpio library to work with Pi V5? ( Please, not a guess or opinion).

I have used the pigpio library extensively on my projects, Pi Zero through V4 Pi. What a shame it will be if all of the hard work that went into this great library would be lost!

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    Does this answer your question? Future of GPIO access on Pi5
    – Milliways
    Commented Jan 4 at 23:00
  • Thanks for the response. I did see that topic already and "Joan" stated that it will not work, but no evidence of any followup work to be done on pigpio library. I think the answer is "no". Commented Jan 4 at 23:08
  • You will not get a more definitive answer than from the author of pigpio.
    – Milliways
    Commented Jan 4 at 23:14
  • I agree - it is a shame - just as it is that WiringPi has now fallen into deprecation. The thing that bothers me about these events is that (apparently) they were both brought on by changes to the Linux kernel; i.e. a "top down" (forced) change from above. OTOH, I suppose the "kernel people" must look out for their own interests, but it's not clear to me that the situation demanded that these changes be done in a fashion that excluded other (wiringpi & pigpio) approaches. But I simply do not know enough about the kernel to say.
    – Seamus
    Commented Jan 6 at 20:54
  • I was surprised about the lack of software support for the new I/O hardware. In my working career of factory automation, when a vendor of control hardware came out with a product, there was associated software, libraries, IDE, etc . If you think about it, you know that the team that worked on the new chip had to have software to test it, so somewhere there exists snippets of code that would prove to be useful ( Hint, hint to the Raspberry Pi org ). I can only dream! Commented Jan 7 at 21:05

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As Milliways suggests the answer is probably no.

The key features of pigpio are the efficient sampling of GPIO at high rates and the efficient generation of hardware timed PWM on all GPIO. I don't see how these features could be provided by the new RP1 based GPIO.

However for many years now Guy McSwain has been the maintainer of pigpio. He may have a different view.


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