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Blender is a perfect piece of software with many brilliant changes in each minor release. But often the most recent versions of Ubuntu does not have the latest versions of Blender.

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marked as duplicate by Eric Carvalho, karel, waltinator, g_p, Elder Geek Jan 9 '15 at 14:39

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I suggest you add this blender ppa as follows:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:irie/blender

Followed by sudo apt-get update and sudo apt-get install blender

From now on, any updates to the ppa should be offered automatically.

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This ppa is no longer maintained. Is there another way to install the latest version – hellocatfood Jan 4 '15 at 15:52

Here is a relatively simple way of having the latest version of Blender in your Ubuntu distribution:

  1. Visit http://www.blender.org/, find the appropriate version of the latest Blender package (64-bit or 32-bit for Linux) in the download section, and save it somewhere on your filesystem.

  2. I assume that it's not a problem for you to have two additional items in your home directory.

    cd ~
    tar -xvjf Downloads/blender-2.65a-linux-glibc211-x86_64.tar.bz2
    ln -s blender-2.65a-linux-glibc211-x86_64 blender
    
  3. Add an item to the menu:

    mkdir -p ~/.local/share/applications
    

    Then edit with your favorite editor ~/.local/share/applications/blender.desktop and save it with the following content:

    [Desktop Entry]
    Encoding=UTF-8
    Version=1.0
    Type=Application
    Name=Blender
    Comment=3d design/modelling suite
    Icon=/home/USER/blender/icons/32x32/apps/blender.png
    Exec=/home/USER/blender/blender
    Categories=Graphics
    

    Don't forget to change /home/USER/ with your home directory.

  4. When a new version of Blender will be released all you have to do is to download it, extract and renew the symlink ~/blender to point to the new version of Blender:

    rm ~/blender
    ln -s ~/blender-most-recent-version ~/blender
    
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How do I make .blend files be associated with Blender when installing via this method? – hellocatfood Jan 4 '15 at 15:53

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