Falcon Player Manual

The Falcon Player (FPP) is a lightweight, optimized, feature-rich sequence player designed to run on low-cost SBC's (Single Board Computers). It was originally created to run on the $35 Raspberry Pi, hence the middle 'P' in the short name. FPP is a software solution that you download and install on hardware which can be purchased from numerous sources around the internet. FPP aims to be controller agnostic, it can talk E1.31, DMX, Pixelnet, and Renard to hardware from multiple hardware vendors, including controller hardware from Falcon Christmas available via COOPs or in the store on

This manual covers the functional aspects of installing, configuring and operating the Falcon Player (FPP), the most popular show player for Christmas and Halloween animated lighting displays.

The current versions of Falcon Player run on the following hardware:

  • Raspberry PI 2 Model B
  • Beagle Bone Black (Rev C)
  • Beagle Bone C

There are two software downloads – one for the Raspberry PI and the other for the Beagle Bone (Black or Green).

The philosophy of the FPP developers is to make the FPP as easy to install and use as possible, whilst still providing for much of the flexibility required by a diverse group of enthusiasts.

The software is free to download and use and is provided by and supported by a number of volunteers.

Please refer to the Falcon Christmas website and in particular to the FPP forum page on the website for the latest news and discussions.

If you are looking for different formats we have the latest version of this doc available in:


The developers and authors of this software are volunteers.

Very special thanks go out to our families for supporting us in this hobby. Without your support we could not do this.

Manual Version

Version Notes Date
1.00 Initial release – Aligns with FPP Version 1.8 June 2016

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