Raspberry Pi 4 Memory

Raspberry Pi 4: Chronicling the Desktop Experience – Memory Usage – Week 14

Last Updated on August 20, 2020


If you’re like me, you want to run multiple programs simultaneously on a desktop machine. Often, I’ll have a web browser (with multiple tabs), a music player, a video player, office software, remote application software, and more applications at any one time.

The chart below shows a selection of applications that work really well on the RPI4. The entries for Calc and Writer are components of LibreOffice’s office suite.

Most of the applications shown below I’ve covered in previous blog posts, with the exception of Minecraft, a special edition of Minecraft made for Raspberry Pi. I’ve also not yet covered Mu, which is a Python editor for beginner programmers.

RPI4 - Memory Usage

VLC’s memory usage reflects playing a 720p video. The other applications reflect my typical usage. For example, LibreOffice Calc shows memory usage with a fairly complex spreadsheet open.

Naturally, there’s tons of software not covered in the above chart. But I’m happy to update this chart with any software you’d like added. Drop a comment below.

Armed with this information, and taking into account the memory consumed by the operating system & desktop, and Chromium, you’ll have a pretty good idea what model to purchase.

When making suggestions about software to add to the memory usage chart, bear in mind that some Linux applications don’t run on the RPI4. This includes many proprietary ‘free’ software like Discord and TeamSpeak. And some open source software is (almost) impossible to compile on the RPI4. Well at least for mere mortals like myself.

Pages in this article:
Page 1 – Desktop
Page 2 – Web Browsing
Page 3 – Mathematica
Page 4 – Other Applications

Read all my blog posts about the RPI4.

Raspberry Pi 4 Blog
Week 36Manage your personal collections on the RPI4
Week 35Survey of terminal emulators
Week 34Search the desktop with the latest version of Recoll
Week 33Personal Information Managers on the RPI4
Week 32Keep a diary with the RPI4
Week 31Process complex mathematical functions, plot 2D and 3D graphs with calculators
Week 30Internet radio on this tiny computer. A detailed survey of open source software
Week 29Professionally manage your photo collection with digiKam
Week 28Typeset beautifully with LyX
Week 27Software that teaches young people how to learn basic computing skills and beyond
Week 26Firefox revisited - Raspbian now offers a real alternative to Chromium
Week 25Turn the Raspberry Pi 4 into a low power writing machine
Week 24Keep the kids learning and having fun
Week 23Lots of choices to view images
Week 22Listening to podcasts on the RPI4
Week 21File management on the RPI4
Week 20Open Broadcaster Software (OBS Studio) on the RPI4
Week 19Keep up-to-date with these news aggregators
Week 18Web Browsers Again: Firefox
Week 17Retro gaming on the RPI4
Week 16Screen capturing with the RPI4
Week 15Emulate the Amiga, ZX Spectrum, and the Atari ST on the RPI4
Week 14Choose the right model of the RPI4 for your desktop needs
Week 13Using the RPI4 as a screencaster
Week 12Have fun reading comics on the RPI4 with YACReader, MComix, and more
Week 11Turn the RPI4 into a complete home theater
Week 10Watching locally stored video with VLC, OMXPlayer, and others
Week 9PDF viewing on the RPI4
Week 8Access the RPI4 remotely running GUI apps
Week 7e-book tools are put under the microscope
Week 6The office suite is the archetypal business software. LibreOffice is tested
Week 5Managing your email box with the RPI4
Week 4Web surfing on the RPI4 looking at Chromium, Vivaldi, Firefox, and Midori
Week 3Video streaming with Chromium & omxplayerGUI as well as streamlink
Week 2A survey of open source music players on the RPI4 including Tauon Music Box
Week 1An introduction to the world of the RPI4 looking at musikcube and PiPackages

This blog is written on the RPI4.

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