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Has anyone tried installing blender on a Raspberry Pi 3 or do you know which version of blender will be supported on Pi3? If I get just the 3d view running for modeling, that'll be great.

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  • $\begingroup$ You know, blender is not an operating system... it runs on a few systems, but it also has some requirement that bust be considered: see blender.org/download and blender.org/download/requirements $\endgroup$
    – m.ardito
    Apr 12 '17 at 13:06
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    $\begingroup$ If you are running Ubuntu on your Pi, you should be able to install it directly from the archives. The package exists for armhf. sudo apt-get install blender should do the trick. $\endgroup$ Apr 12 '17 at 20:11
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    $\begingroup$ I was able to run blender 2.79b with kali arm build $\endgroup$ Dec 30 '18 at 18:23
  • $\begingroup$ updated my pi4 with 4 GB to the latest release and installed blender just with sudo -get install blender. first impressions: runs fine! Even with cycles the default cube renders quick and viewport is very responsive!! I wasn´t expecting this! You should be able to work on some basic stuff with it, give it a try! $\endgroup$ Oct 1 '19 at 19:12
  • $\begingroup$ Ok, internal blender render is of course much faster, but just for demonstration, the default cube has 2 subdivisions and was extruded on one side. Added a metallic principled bsdf and a sky texture to the background. Rendering in cycles with default settings: 00:56.04 -> ![enter image description here](i.stack.imgur.com/g1Kdp.png) $\endgroup$ Oct 1 '19 at 19:38
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As of June 16 2018, the current Blender version available for Raspian Stretch via apt-get is 2.78a. This is behind the current Blender 2.79c for other platforms.

You can install it with:

sudo apt-get install blender

It runs fine with full functionality, though it is slow. On a Pi 3 B+ it takes about one minute and 56 seconds to render the default scene (just the cube) in Cycles (using about 170MB of memory), so I wouldn't be planning to build a render-farm out of them lol.

It does use all four CPU cores while rendering in Cycles.

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  • $\begingroup$ It's great news! Thank you, I will try it in next few days. $\endgroup$
    – iowaqas
    Jul 9 '18 at 10:06
  • $\begingroup$ has anyone tried it with the latte panda? $\endgroup$ Dec 28 '18 at 6:32
  • $\begingroup$ Outch! The default cube takes about 3 seconds to render on any normal (even weak laptop) System, so that means that you can't render anything worth a damn on the Pi. Which is obvious, as it was never made to be powerful, it has a very poor and slow ARM CPU. But for modelling it might work. $\endgroup$ Nov 4 '20 at 1:14
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The biggest hurdle to getting Blender running on the Raspberry Pi is the fact that the Pi has an ARM processor rather than one that uses the x86 instruction set, which means software has to be specifically compiled for it. Currently the Blender Foundation does not provide these builds at the moment, but there are a number of builds floating around produced by 3rd parties that should work fine. Many of them mention use on the Pi since it is probably the most common normal linux ARM platform, the fact it runs full linux makes this much easier.

As you are relying on third party builds, many will be a bit out of date compared to the latest builds (certainly buildbot, and they may take a bit to catch up). That said on arch at least its up to date: https://archlinuxarm.org/packages?search=blender. However in the debian jesse repo, it is a fair bit out of date (https://packages.debian.org/jessie/blender). As fair as I'm aware the default Pi os (Raspbian) is based on jessie, so the blender you get there will be somewhat out of date. See @Zoots answer for more recent builds.

As Nathan Osman mentions in the comments, you should be able to install blender with: sudo apt-get install blender

For 2.8 and later, openGL 3.3 is required, making builds impossible. see https://blender.stackexchange.com/a/145057/26345

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    $\begingroup$ And I have the Blender source code, and wanna build targeting arm, how to? $\endgroup$
    – KhoPhi
    Aug 15 '17 at 23:34
  • $\begingroup$ I'm also interested in this, especially as the RPi team are now promoting blender $\endgroup$
    – pluke
    Feb 23 '18 at 13:22
  • $\begingroup$ You can run blender 2.8 on the pi, period. Just not very fast. $\endgroup$ Dec 4 '20 at 22:00
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I’m running the latest Blender 2.83.4 on a Raspberry Pi 3 B using Archlinux ARM AArch64. I’m only running it headless, so I don’t know the usability of it with the UI. I’m able to render images with Cycles as well as with Eevee or Workbench renderer with the help of xvfb.

You can also run Blender 2.82 in the official Raspberry Pi OS (64 bits) beta. You will need to add the buster-backports to the apt sources.list and then do:

sudo apt-get -t buster-backports install blender
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