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Blender is a perfect piece of software with many brillian changes in each minor release. But often most recent versions of ubuntu does not have 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This ppa is no longer maintained.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

So here is a relatively simple way of having latest version of blender in your ubuntu distribution.

1) visit and find appropriate version of latest blender package (64bit or 32bit for linux) in 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 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]
Comment=3d design/modelling suite

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

4) When new version of blender will be released all you have to do is to download it, extract and renew 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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