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
This is the current and updated command
git clone https://git.blender.org/blender.git -b blender2.8
This is the original (old) command
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

After all, 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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