Hello i have been trying to install Maya 2019 on my Acer running Ubuntu 18.04 the error i keep getting is

{ ./Setup ./Setup: error while loading shared libraries: libpng15.so.15: cannot open shared object file: No such file or directory" }

i am new to ubuntu and have little idea on where this is or how i can fix, what i have tried doing is installing this separately but to no avail.


There is much more to be done in order to get Maya to work on Ubuntu: installing libpng1.5.15 is only one out of many steps.

The full process is described here: https://knowledge.autodesk.com/support/maya/learn-explore/caas/simplecontent/content/installing-maya-2020-ubuntu.html

To solve the libpng problem, simply download libpng1.5.15 from the libpng project: https://sourceforge.net/projects/libpng/files/libpng15/older-releases/1.5.15/, and install it to /usr (where Maya expects it to be. You can also let it install to the default /usr/local and set up LD_LIBRARY_PATH instead). It can perfectly fine coexist with modern versions of libpng.

To build it, make sure autotools and libtool is installed, and do:

tar xvzf libpng-1.5.15.tar.gz
cd libpng-1.5.15
./configure --prefix=/usr
sudo make install

Now the Maya installer will run, and then complain about not supporting the operating system and exit. The full process described on the AutoDesk Knowledge Network linked above has 14 steps. By following them exactly, I just got it to work.


Please cut-and-paste, then format (with the {} tool) your actual command and messages.

Should I tell you that libpng15.so.15 is a problem to resolve with the developers, or should I suggest you pick a package from the results of apt-cache search libpng, and install it?

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