January 30, 2010

Installing Blender In Ubuntu 9.10

Blender is a 3D graphics application used for modelling and creating interactive 3D applications and games.

To install, download the correct package from the official Blender webpage. For Ubuntu (and all 32-bit Linux OS in general), do the following:

1. Download the package form here.

2. Save it anywhere, for example in a directory named Setup_Files in the home directory.

3. Open a terminal, and extract the .tar.bz2 file first.

varsha@varsha-laptop:~/Setup_Files$ tar -xvf blender-2.49b-linux-glibc236-py26-i386.tar.bz2

4. Now cd into the extracted folder, and run the blender executable file.

varsha@varsha-laptop:~/Setup_Files$ cd blender-2.49b-linux-glibc236-py26-i386/

varsha@varsha-laptop:~/Setup_Filesblender-2.49b-linux-glibc236-py26-i386$ ./blender

Another simple alternative is:

varsha@varsha-laptop:~$ sudo apt-get install blender

Replace apt-get with the package manager of the distro you are using and install as a superuser.

That's all. Now enjoy creating your 3D application!


  1. Does not work! Can not find the mistake I would be making. Can go via Package Manager (in Mint 8) but do not wish to do it as I have downloaded the file you mentioned. Can you give some more hint?



  2. @Bertie: I hope you have changed to the extracted folder. What exactly went wrong?

  3. Must apologize. Simply did not see a dot in "./blender"!!! Many apologies. Is there no other way except to run this via terminal? Here we are not 'installing' the software, just running it. Is it not? Thanks anyway. Your help in deactivating permission while mounting Windows partitions in Ubuntu 9.10 worked flawlessly. On desktop I am using Ubuntu and on laptop Mint 8. Much grateful.

  4. @Bertie: ./filename is used to run an executable file, and that is what we are doing here. I don't know much about the graphical way of starting blender, if that is what you mean. If you use your package manager to install, just type blender in the terminal.

  5. Can u post something that relates to installation of Eclipse in Ubuntu, Fedora or open SUSE with the additional Plug-in for Android Development Environment and/or other plugins/codecs ??

  6. @Sudipto: Installing Eclipse is not a problem. If you are using Ubuntu, just install using the package manager or from the S/W Center. Similarly, use package manager for other distros.

  7. @Sudipto: for Android plugin, you can refer to http://developer.android.com/sdk/eclipse-adt.html. See the section for installing the plugin in Eclipse 3.5.

  8. My name is nnf
    I'm a new user to ubuntu :
    I followed the abuve instructions and the extraction went well. When I launch blender in the command line , I get the following message :

    ./blender: error while loading shared libraries: libpython2.5.so.1.0: cannot open shared object file: No such file or directory

    Please I need some help

  9. Please check out: http://blenderartists.org/forum/archive/index.php/t-99966.html.