I don't know how/where to put the files for Blender. From the repositories the only version available is 2.63, but I want 2.69 of Blender. Downloading the files straight from blender.org gives me an executable program, but how do I place it on the machine as if it were installed through the repositories via apt-get?

Such as shortcuts and everything.


  • $\begingroup$ you can open it with the gdebi package manager and that will install it for you. This is how I did it on ubuntu $\endgroup$
    – Vader
    Feb 23 '14 at 4:13
  • $\begingroup$ @Vader, doesn't GDebi require a .deb file? If so, where did you get one for an updated version of Blender? $\endgroup$
    – Garrett
    Feb 23 '14 at 4:29
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    $\begingroup$ @Garrett I am not sure, which is why I left it as a comment. I just realized it comes as an executable not as .deb. $\endgroup$
    – Vader
    Feb 23 '14 at 4:33
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    $\begingroup$ This question appears to be off-topic because it is about Ubuntu rather than Blender. It could be any application that you would like to manually install. $\endgroup$
    – Gunslinger
    Feb 23 '14 at 7:41
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    $\begingroup$ @Gunslinger it is actually about Debian ~ $\endgroup$
    – Mateo
    Feb 23 '14 at 14:27

On Ubuntu, there's a PPA, so you can run the commands in the terminal

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:irie/blender
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install blender

and you'll have one of the latest builds of Blender (read more here or visit the PPA's website here). WARNING: This won't be the official stable release, but the most recent version of Blender as of a few days ago.

As for Debian, I believe that Ubuntu PPAs can be used on Debian too. It seems like a bit of work, so hopefully someone else has a better solution.

  • $\begingroup$ are there the build from graphicall? are these nightly builds or stable? $\endgroup$
    – Vader
    Feb 23 '14 at 4:34
  • $\begingroup$ This doesn't give you the official 2.69 release. I just tested it and I got build f1a0278 which is from 2 days ago. I edited my answer. $\endgroup$
    – Garrett
    Feb 23 '14 at 4:42

Backporting 2.69 from Debian unstable to Debian wheezy should be straightforward. See How can I install more recent versions of software than what Debian provides?. This would also have the highest probability of working well on your system.

Installing binaries from other distributions does not work well in general, and exhibits a closed-source mentality.

Current versions in Debian include:

# apt-cache policy blender
  Installed: (none)
  Candidate: 2.63a-1
  Version table:
     2.69-4+b1 0
         50 http://debian.lcs.mit.edu/debian/ unstable/main amd64 Packages
     2.69-3 0
         50 http://debian.lcs.mit.edu/debian/ testing/main amd64 Packages
     2.63a-1 0
        500 http://debian.lcs.mit.edu/debian/ wheezy/main amd64 Packages
     2.49.2~dfsg-2+b2 0
        500 http://debian.lcs.mit.edu/debian/ squeeze/main amd64 Packages

If you want more details, please ask.


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