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Install Latest Blender in Ubuntu

A new stable release of the open-source 3D software Blender 2.74 was released at the end of March with some new features and numerous improvements.

Blender 2.74 release highlights:

  • Cycles got several precision, noise, speed, memory improvements, new Pointiness attribute.
  • Viewport has new cool compositing features, outliner now manages orphan datablocks better.
  • Modeling now allows custom normals, and transferring data layers between meshes!
  • Massive improvements to hair dynamics and editing tools: a big step forward with more to come…
  • A new tool “Cavity Mask” was added to sculpting/painting, along with other improvements.
  • Great memory consumption optimization in Freestyle NPR stroke rendering.
  • Grease pencil and Game engine improvements, and more…

Read the detailed changes at this page.


How to Install or Upgrade to Blender 2.74 in Ubuntu:

While Blender website provides a portable version for download, you can always install the latest release via these steps in another post (You may first remove the previous Blender installation).

There are some guys maintaining the most recent Blender release in PPAs. Below are some of them:

To add a PPA, run below command in terminal:

sudo add-apt-repository PPA_NAME_HERE

For example, running sudo add-apt-repository ppa:thomas-schiex/blender to add the Thomas Schiex’s PPA.

After adding a PPA, open Software Updater and upgrade Blender after checking for updates.

Install Latest Blender in Ubuntu

Blender, the popular 3D graphics and animation software, has reached the 2.73 release with numerous improvements, stabilization and bug fixes.

A major upgrade was given to the Grease Pencil tool, which inter alia brought the ability to edit and animate strokes. The first developments from the Gooseberry Project like a Sequencer Backdrop, Cycles viewport world background and others were added. Cycles got various improvements and speedups, as well as support for cameras inside volumes, the UI got a new ‘minimalistic’ fullscreenmode and Input Method Editor support for textbuttons (used for complex Chinese and Japanese character input), the Knife-tool was improved, Freestyle got a SVG exporter, and many more features which are worth checking out!

For the detailed changes in Blender 2.73, see the official release note.

Blender 2.73 in Ubuntu 14.04

How to Install Blender 2.73 in Ubuntu:

Blender download page provides the binary packages for GNU/Linux, while there’s no PPA contains the latest built of Blender packages you can follow this step by step how to guide to install Blender in Ubuntu 14.04, Ubuntu 14.10 from the official package.

Install Latest Blender in Ubuntu

While Ubuntu repositories provide an old Blender version, you can always follow this tutorial to install the latest release from the official package. Tested in Ubuntu 14.10, Ubuntu 14.04 and it should work in Ubuntu 10.04 and higher.

Blender is a professional free and open-source 3D computer graphics software product used for creating animated films, visual effects, art, 3D printed models, interactive 3D applications and video games.

So far the latest stable release is Blender 2.72b, which was released a week ago. See the new features in its website.

Blender 2.72b in Ubuntu 14.10

While Blender in Ubuntu Software Center is old and there’s no PPA repository that always provides the latest binaries, follow the steps below to install the latest release with new features and bug fixes:

Thanks to Thomas Schiex, he is maintaining a PPA that contains the most recent Blender packages for all current Ubuntu releases, though there may be a small delay before the new release made into PPA.

To add the PPA and install Blender, run below commands one by one:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:thomas-schiex/blender

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get install blender

1. Click the link below to bring up Ubuntu Software Center and click the install button to install the package libsdl1.2debian:

Click to install libsdl1.2debian

2. Download Blender for GNU/Linux from the official link below. You may first check your OS type, 32-bit or 64-bit, by clicking on “About This computer” from shutdown menu (top-right corner gear button).

3. – a). For single use – If you have only one user on the Ubuntu system, just extract the package to user Downloads folder and run the executable from the result folder:

Run Blender Executable

3. – b). To make all users to be able to run the blender release, extract the package to /opt/ directory.

To do so, press Ctrl+Alt+T to open terminal, run command below to open your Downloads folder as root/administrator:

gksudo nautilus ~/Downloads

Install gksu from Ubuntu Software Center if need. Type in your user password when it asks.

When the folder opens, do:

  1. Right click on Blender package and select open with Archive Manager.
  2. When Archive Manager opens, select Extract to computer -> /opt/

When done, you should see the blender folder under /opt/. For shot, I’ve rename it from “blender-2.72b-linux-glibc211-x86_64” to “blender”.


4. Create a launcher for Blender so that we can start it from the Unity Dash or App Menu.

Press Ctrl+Alt+T to open terminal. When it opens, run command to create .desktop file and edit it with Gedit text editor:

gksudo gedit /usr/share/applications/blender-2.7.desktop

When the file opens, paste below into it and save.

[Desktop Entry]
GenericName=3D modeller
GenericName[de]=3D Modellierer
GenericName[fr]=modeleur 3D
GenericName[ru]=Редактор 3D-моделей
Comment=Create and edit 3D models and animations
Comment[de]=Erstellen und Editieren von 3D Modellen und Animationen
Comment[fr]=Création et édition d'objets 3D et animations
Comment[ru]=Создание и редактирование трёхмерных моделей и анимаций

Depends on step 3, you may replace path to Exec & Icon (words in red).

Create Blender Launcher

When done, you should be able to open Blender from the Unity Dash or App Menu. Enjoy!

Not clear enough? See the video:

blender 2.70 ubuntu install

This simple tutorial is going to show you how to install the Blender 2.70 in Ubuntu 14.04, Ubuntu 13.10, Ubuntu 12.04 and Ubuntu 12.10 via PPA repository.

At the moment, Blender 2.70 is at its second release candidate. New features include initial support for volumetrics in Cycles, and faster rendering of hair and textures. The motion tracker now supports weighted tracks and has improved planar tracking. For mesh modeling there are new Laplacian deform and wireframe modifiers, along with more control in the bevel tool. The game engine now supports object levels of detail.

The first results from the new user interface project are also in this release, with dozens of changes to make the interface more consistent and powerful. This is also the first release of the multithreaded dependency graph, which makes modifier and constraint evaluation faster in scenes with multiple objects. See the release note.

blender 2.70 PPA

Install Blender 2.70

The IRIE Shinsuke’s PPA contains the 2.70 RC builds for all current support Ubuntu releases. You’ll be able to upgrade to the Blender 2.70 stable version via this PPA when it’s released.

To do so, press Ctrl+Alt+T on keyboard to open the terminal. When it opens, run the commands below one by one to add the PPA, update system and install or upgrade the software.

sudo add-apt-repository -y ppa:irie/blender

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get install blender

That’s it. Enjoy!

blender 2.69 ubuntu

Blender 2.69, the latest stable release of the popular 3D creation software finally is available for Ubuntu & Linux Mint via PPA one week after Blender 2.69 was official announced.

What’s New in Blender 2.69:


A new hidden wire display option was added to help with retopology. Mesh Bisect is a new tool to cut meshes in half. The Bridge, Edgenet fill, Grid fill and Symmetrize tools were improved. New curve and lattice editing tools were added too.

Cycles Rendering:

Hair rendering was improved with a new Hair shader and reorganized settings. Subsurface scattering uses a new sampling algorithm and now supports bump mapping and texture blurring. Sky rendering now uses a more accurate sky model. New blackbody, vector transform and HSV nodes were added. The non-progressive integrator was renamed to Branched Path Integrator, and is now available for GPU rendering.

Motion Tracker:

The Motion tracker now supports plane tracking, which can be used to replace billboards, screens and other flat things in footage.

More Features:

Lists in the user interface can now be resized, sorted and filtered. Further there are small improvements for vertex parenting, empty objects, the shrinkwrap modifier, mask editing, armatures, f-curves and drivers.


FBX Import support has been added and FBX/OBJ can now export split normals (without the need for the edge split modifier).

Bug Fixes:

In addition to the new features, over 270 bugs that existed in previous releases have been fixed.

Install or Upgrade Blender 2.69:

The PPA is abandoned, see this tutorial instead.

The PPA has updated for Ubuntu 13.10 Saucy, Ubuntu 13.04 Raring, Ubuntu 12.10 Quantal, Ubuntu 12.04 Precise, Linux Mint 13/14/15/16.

PPA now works for Ubuntu 14.04 LTS, Ubuntu 14.10 and Linux Mint 17 / 17.1.

To get started, press Ctrl+Alt+T on your keyboard to open terminal. When it opens, run commands below one by one:

sudo add-apt-repository -y ppa:thomas-schiex/blender

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get install blender

NOTE that the packages doesn’t include pre-compiled CUDA kernel. If you want to use the Cycles renderer with CUDA support, you have to install the CUDA toolkit on your system to do runtime compilation of the CUDA kernel:

sudo apt-get install nvidia-cuda-toolkit
blender 2.69 in ubuntu 13.10

blender 2.69 in ubuntu 13.10