Blender is a free open source 3D animation studio that has various tools used for 3D modeling, creating animated videos and visual effects, 3D video games creation and playback (built-in game engine), non-linear video editing and compositing, etc.

 Blender also has the following features:

  • Rendering 
  • Texturing 
  • Animating 
  • Rigging and skinning 
  • Particle, physics, fluid and smoke simulation 
  • UV mapping, etc.

Blender has been updated recently to version 2.65a which fixes over 40 bugs, you can check them all here. In this tutorial, we will see how to install Blender 2.65a in the following Ubuntu/Linux Mint distros:

  • Ubuntu 12.10/12.04/11.10 or older
  • Linux Mint 14/13/12 or older
Blender 2.65a Installation

Blender is a portable application that requires no installation, just download its archive file from here, extract it, then double click the Blender's executable file. Or if you prefer to do this from the terminal, you can issue this sequence of commands:

- 32-bit systems

cd && wget -c -O blender-2.65a-linux-glibc211-i686.tar.bz2 
tar jxvf blender-2.65a-linux-glibc211-i686.tar.bz2 
mv blender** blender 
rm blender*.tar.bz2

Start now the application with this command:


- 64-bit systems

cd && wget -c -O blender-2.65a-linux-glibc211-x86_64.tar.bz2 
tar jxvf blender-2.65a-linux-glibc211-x86_64.tar.bz2 
mv blender** blender 
rm blender*.tar.bz2

Start it with this command:


For PPA installation, you can use IRIE Shinsuke's third-party PPA by running the following commands:

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