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Pd IEM Distribution

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is a Pure Data libraries distribution for plain Pure Data (Pd-vanilla), focussed on (but not limited to) IEM libraries. The main purpose is to provide binary distribution of a proper collection of Pd externals for unexperienced Mac OS-X and Windows users and students, who don't have compilation infrastucture on their systems. Linux binaries are provided by various package managers, so we do not provide them as downloads.

Current release

No stable release available yet.

Experimental releases

Upcoming and alpha/beta/candidate releases

  • Alpha releases should only be used for testing and development.
  • Beta releases and Release Candidates are normally released for production testing, but should not be used on mission-critical sites.
  • Always install on a separate test server first, and make sure you have proper backups before installing.
Pd IEM Distribution 0.46-3v1 (Alpha release) Released 2014-12-19
pd vanilla with important libs and shops for libraries
Pd IEM Distribution 0.3alpha (Unreleased)
Test Distribution for Windows(TM) and Mac OS-X

Project Description

Project resources

*NOTE: This project is deprecated* Since deken is now coming or already here, there is no need for an IEM Distribution.

Pure Data IEM Distribution (short PIDIST) is a binary collection of core Pd libraries.

Releases are done whenever one or more of the libraries have a major update.

A main goal is to use Pd-vanilla standard search paths as much as possible and to use the proposed structure of the used libraries as intended by their authors.

Note: Linux binary distributions are well supported by the resp. package managers, so we do not provide linux binaries here; just install Pd-vanilla and the individual packages as listed below.

List of contained externals:

  • iemlib (iemlib1,iemlib2,iemabs)
  • iemmatrix
  • iem_ambi
  • iem_tab
  • comport
  • iemnet, (mrpeach's) net
  • osc
  • zexy
  • arduino
  • windowing
  • list-abs
  • bsaylor

( For Gem, also developed at IEM, use the separate download page: )


Unpack the downloaded file and copy the contents to one of the places proposed at How do I install externals and help files

For the impatient:

Linux Debian and Debian derivates:
aptitude install puredata
aptitude install pd-iemlib pd-iemmatrix pd-iemambi pd-iemnet pd-comport pd-iemnet pd-net pd-osc pd-zexy pd-arduino pd-list-abs pd-bsaylor
Mac OS-X
  • per user installation path: ~/Library/Pd
  • global installation path: /Library/Pd
  • per user installation path: %AppData%\Pd
  • global installation path: %CommonProgramFiles%\Pd


At the moment send an email to the pd-list mailing list for questions, later a bug tracker will be used.

by Thomas Musil last modified 2016-03-07 10:03 PM

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