Code A YouTube Subscriber Counter With Raspberry Pi

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Wayne / Devscover
Wayne / Devscover

What better feature for the background in your new YouTube videos than a live updating subscriber counter? Well now you can build one for just a few dollars/pounds!

Video Guide:

Grab your hardware:

MATRIX Display

Raspberry Pi 4 or cheaper Raspberry Pi 3

Connect It Up:


  • Connect to your Pi via SSH

  • Run sudo raspi-config , navigate to Interface Options, then enable SPI

  • Connect the Pi to the LED Matrix

  • Run the following commands:

sudo apt-get update --fix-missing

sudo usermod -a -G spi,gpio pi

sudo apt install build-essential python3-dev python3-pip libfreetype6-dev libjpeg-dev libopenjp2-7 libtiff5

sudo apt-get install git

sudo -H pip3 install --upgrade --ignore-installed pip3 setuptools

  • Navigate to where you want to store the code
  • run git clone
  • (If you don’t have a git account, download the zip here)
  • run cd devscover-youtube
  • run python3 examples/
  • To alter to show your own channel, edit the text with your channel name inside the file using something like nano, then change the channel ID to be your own