Compile Blender 2.8 on Linux




Blender 2.8 is currently in beta stage shipping with many new features like Eevee real-time render engine, refreshed interface and here is how to source compile it on any Linux based operating system.

First, create a directory, where we will store the cloned source code and compile it.

Get Git and Development Tools

Debian/Ubuntu

sudo apt-get install git build-essential

Fedora

sudo dnf install git
sudo dnf -y groupinstall "Development Tools"

CentOS

sudo yum install git
sudo yum -y groupinstall "Development Tools"
mkdir ~/blender-git

Set blender-git as the current directory

cd ~/blender-git

Cloning blender2.8 branch to the set directory from git.blender.org

Update: This article was written when Blender 2.8 was under development and the repository structure has changed below is the updated information.

git clone https://git.blender.org/blender.git # current repo
git clone https://git.blender.org/blender.git -b blender2.8 # repo when 2.8 was beta
cd blender
git submodule update --init --recursive
git submodule foreach git checkout master
git submodule foreach git pull --rebase origin master

Install all the required dependencies to compile Blender.

./build_files/build_environment/install_deps.sh

Dependencies are installed you can compile it

make

This should take some time; the processing speed depends on your hardware specification.

Exiting blender and going to the parent directory

cd ..

Launching Blender executable

./build_linux/bin/blender

Re-compiling new version

cd ~/blender-git/blender
make update && make

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