How to Install Blender 2.74 in Ubuntu 14.04/Linux Mint 17


A new stable release of the professional free and open-source 3D graphics software, Blender 2.74, was announced by the Blender Foundation and the online developer community a few days ago at the end of March.

Here are the release highlights according to the release note:

  • 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

For a complete list of changes, refers to blender website.

Install / Upgrade to Blender 2.74 in Ubuntu:

For Ubuntu 14.04, Ubuntu 14.10, Linux Mint 17, you can either install Blender 2.74 from the official Linux binary (portable) or install it from a third-party PPA.

To install Blender from the official package:

  1. Download Blender at:
  2. Install the required library libsdl1.2debian from Ubuntu Software Center.
  3. Unpack Blender archive and run executable from in result folder to launch the program.

To install blender from PPA:

Open terminal from the Dash or by pressing Ctrl+Alt+T on keyboard. When it opens, run below commands one by one:

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

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get install blender

This installs Blender as well as an App Launcher in your system.

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