Blender 2.80 Released! How to Install in Ubuntu 16.04, 18.04

July 31, 2019 — 5 Comments

Blender 2.79

Blender 2.80 was officially released yesterday with redesigned UI, new render engine, and other improvements. Here’s how to install it in Ubuntu.

Blender 2.80 features:

  • Redesigned user interface with:
    • New dark theme and modern icon set
    • Use the left mouse button for selection by default.
    • Right-click context menu, and Quick Favorites menu (Q key)
    • Templates, and Workspaces
  • A new Workbench render engine
  • The 3D viewport and UV editor have new interactive tools and gizmos, along with a new toolbar.
  • Eevee – a new physically based real-time renderer.
  • Grease Pencil gets full 2D drawing and animation support
  • Combined CPU+GPU rendering for the Cycles renderer

How to Install Blender in Ubuntu:

Blender offers official Snap packages (runs in sandbox) for Linux Desktop.

For Ubuntu 18.04 and higher, simply search for and install it from Ubuntu Software:

Note there are 3 Blender packages in Ubuntu Software: blender snap, native .deb package, and blender-tpaw (abandoned).

Go check the package details, and install the one from Snap store.

For Ubuntu 16.04, first open terminal (Ctrl+Alt+T) and run command to install snapd:

sudo apt install snapd

Then install the official Blender snap package via command:

sudo snap install blender --classic

Once installed, launch it from your system application launcher and enjoy!

In addition, for those who previously installed the snap of Blender 2.80 Beta, remove it before installing the stable package via command:

sudo snap remove blender

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5 responses to Blender 2.80 Released! How to Install in Ubuntu 16.04, 18.04

  1. I just installed Blender via snap and my system went into meltdown.
    My screen kept flashing to black about every 10 – 20 seconds and the clock stopped, could not do anything to recover other then a reset.

    My MoBo Asus m5a78l-m/usb3
    Onboard GFX AMD RS780 (DRM 2.50.0 / 4.15.0-70-generic, LVM 6.0.0)
    Ram 32GB
    CPU AMD Phenom II X4 965

  2. Mmmm I’m on Mint and it seems to install but nothing happens when I try to launch, the icon shows up in the applications menu, but it will not launch.

    Any idea how to fix it?

    • Open terminal and try to launch it via blender command so it outputs what’s wrong.

      • vasilije@vasilije-MS-7519:~$ blender
        /run/user/1000/snap.blender/gvfs/ non-existent directory
        Received X11 Error:
        error code: 181
        request code: 155
        minor code: 34
        error text: GLXBadFBConfig
        Received X11 Error:
        error code: 181
        request code: 155
        minor code: 34
        error text: GLXBadFBConfig
        Received X11 Error:
        error code: 181
        request code: 155
        minor code: 34
        error text: GLXBadFBConfig
        Received X11 Error:
        error code: 181
        request code: 155
        minor code: 34
        error text: GLXBadFBConfig
        Received X11 Error:
        error code: 181
        request code: 155
        minor code: 34
        error text: GLXBadFBConfig
        Received X11 Error:
        error code: 181
        request code: 155
        minor code: 34
        error text: GLXBadFBConfig
        Received X11 Error:
        error code: 8
        request code: 155
        minor code: 34
        error text: BadMatch (invalid parameter attributes)
        Received X11 Error:
        error code: 8
        request code: 155
        minor code: 34
        error text: BadMatch (invalid parameter attributes)
        Received X11 Error:
        error code: 8
        request code: 155
        minor code: 34
        error text: BadMatch (invalid parameter attributes)
        Received X11 Error:
        error code: 8
        request code: 155
        minor code: 34
        error text: BadMatch (invalid parameter attributes)
        Received X11 Error:
        error code: 8
        request code: 155
        minor code: 34
        error text: BadMatch (invalid parameter attributes)
        Received X11 Error:
        error code: 8
        request code: 155
        minor code: 34
        error text: BadMatch (invalid parameter attributes)
        found bundled python: /snap/blender/34/2.81/python
        Writing: /tmp/blender.crash.txt
        Segmentation fault (core dumped)

        this is report..

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