I have installed the 2.8 version of blender through steam Ubuntu. Location in /home/myusername/games/SteamLibrary/steamapps/common/Blender. I can not understand where to copy blender-thumbnailer.py.

What's the "PATH" directory? In General I have a lot of projects associated with the work and with no preview I can find something).

Asking on behalf of a user who emailed me.


Save this file to: $HOME/.local/share/thumbnailers/blender.thumbnailer

[Thumbnailer Entry]
Exec=blender-thumbnailer.py %u %o

If you install Blender via Ubuntu's package manager, blender-thumbnailer.py will be in your PATH, otherwise you'll need to add it.

From what I can tell, you need to have blender-thumbnailer.py in your PATH for this to work.

See: How can I edit the $PATH on linux?

Note, it would be good to see if this could be simplified or even done automatically.

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    $\begingroup$ I would add to this answer that PATH is an environment variable that stores paths that Linux uses to search for programs. It can be viewed by typing $PATH on the terminal. Not sure if it's a good idea though to advise a user to edit /etc/environment, ~/.bashrc or ~/.profile when they don't know what PATH is. Could go wrong. $\endgroup$
    – Robert Gützkow
    Aug 30 '19 at 8:25

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