I am trying to install blender 2.79 on ubuntu 17.10. Downloaded blender-2.79-linux-glibc219-x86_64.tar.bz2 from


ran the command: sudo tar xvjf blender-2.79-linux-glibc219-x86_64.tar.bz2

changed directories to the blender executable and ran the command: ./blender

Got this error:

./blender: error while loading shared libraries: libGLU.so.1: cannot open shared object file: No such file or directory

If I run /sbin/ldconfig -p I get the line: libGL.so.1 (libc6,x86-64) => /usr/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/mesa/libGL.so.1

So I'm guessing I need to link to it somehow? I tried
sudo ln -s /usr/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/mesa/libGL.so.1 /usr/lib which didn't work, and maybe I've made things worse.

Any help would be appreciated.

  • $\begingroup$ I just noticed I need libGLU.so.1 not libGL.so.1. So I'm missing a library I need to install? $\endgroup$
    – dennis
    Dec 6, 2017 at 23:15

3 Answers 3


I had the same issue. Running the libglu1 installation addressed this. I'm running Blender 2.79 on Ubuntu 16.04

sudo apt-get install libglu1

used lubuntu's synaptic package manager to install libglu1-mesa and now everything works.


Install glu

Sudo pacman -Sy glu

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