I am writing articles and would like to cite Blender correctly. How should I do this?


If you run R, and type citation(), you would get the following instantly;

    title = {R: A Language and Environment for Statistical Computing},
    author = {{R Core Team}},
    organization = {R Foundation for Statistical Computing},
    address = {Vienna, Austria},
    year = {2013},
    url = {http://www.R-project.org/},

And you can put this in Bibtex and cite R correctly. Is there an equivalent way of doing this in Blender to get an official/correct citation?

  • $\begingroup$ superuser.com/questions/8743/how-to-cite-software-in-latex $\endgroup$
    – stacker
    Jan 7, 2014 at 7:28
  • $\begingroup$ @stacker Thanks for the link. Do I need to use Edition entry for Blender as well? Where do I put Ton's name? $\endgroup$
    – ikel
    Jan 7, 2014 at 7:32
  • $\begingroup$ I had to follow rules when writing a thesis, but most of the work was done by a tool (zotero.org). I would compare the citation style with a PhD thesis submitted at the institute. $\endgroup$
    – stacker
    Jan 7, 2014 at 7:49
  • $\begingroup$ So, how do I find citation style of a PhD thesis submitted at the institute? Is there a free copy I can download? $\endgroup$
    – ikel
    Jan 7, 2014 at 9:32
  • $\begingroup$ Sorry I overlooked that you're writing articles and not a thesis, with institute I meant the university (not the blender institute). In your case you could compare other articles published there (where you plan to publish). $\endgroup$
    – stacker
    Jan 7, 2014 at 9:53

2 Answers 2


Blender has no functionality to do this, but you could use a Python script.

def citation():
    import bpy

    build_year = bpy.app.build_date.partition(b'-')[0].decode('ascii')

    return '''\
   title = {Blender - a 3D modelling and rendering package},
   author = {{Blender Online Community}},
   organization = {Blender Foundation},
   address = {Blender Institute, Amsterdam},
   year = {%s},
   url = {http://www.blender.org},
 }''' % build_year

# test to see it works:
  • $\begingroup$ Thanks for providing the entries for author and address. $\endgroup$
    – ikel
    Jan 8, 2014 at 22:18

You can cite Blender as any other software. There are also some books about Blender that you can cite. Some possible citations are here http://www.citebay.com/how-to-cite/blender/


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